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Scooter idea to cut drink-driving
Kristian Hubbard on scooter
The company has been running the service in London for six years
A service which aims to reduce drink- driving by taking you and your car home is being launched in Cardiff.

Scooterman - which has been running in London for six years - allows motorists to enjoy a drink in the evening without having to worry about driving home.

The company has designed a folding mini-scooter which can fit in a car boot. The customer is then driven home in their own vehicle.

The Cardiff franchise has been set up by IT technician Kristian Hubbard, 29.

Mr Hubbard, who has lived in Cardiff for nine years, said he got the idea after seeing the company featured on BBC2's Top Gear in June.

He told the BBC News website: "I thought this was a great idea. There's nothing like it in Cardiff at the moment.

"It was definitely a niche market for Scooterman so I contacted them."

Packing the scooter
The miniature scooter packs easily into a car boot

Mr Hubbard will initially run the franchise on his own, but hopes to employ more drivers in the future.

Cardiff is the third city to have the service after London and Manchester, where it has been running for eighteen months. It is also a partner of the government's anti-drink drive campaign "Think!"

Mr Hubbard said Cardiff was an ideal place for the service with many people commuting into the city centre by car.

Customers can book a Scooterman over the telephone, who will arrive at the designated time and place on a miniature motorcycle.

"The bike then breaks into four pieces that go into bags and are put in the boot," said Mr Hubbard. "It takes five minutes."

All drivers with the company have full comprehensive insurance and can drive any car worth up to 50,000.

Scooterman's prices aim to beat the cost of a return taxi ride - one to get home after a night drinking and a second to pick up your car the following day.

"It's more expensive than a one-way taxi fare, but if you're looking at going back into town to pick your car up the next day, it's a lot cheaper.

"And obviously it's a lot better than losing your licence for drink-driving," said Mr Hubbard.


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