THE NEXT time you drive to a party and decide to have a few drinks and leave the car, there is an alternative to the traditional taxi home.
Booter Scooter is the first service of its kind to start up in 1066 country. It is the brainchild of Brian Adams who operates the business out of his home in St Thomas’ Road, Hastings.
The 46-year-old came up with the idea as part of his Foundation Degree in Business at the University of Brighton, Hastings Campus.
The father-of-eight had gone back into education after being made redundant in 2009 from Marshall Tuflex after 10 years with the company.
His ingenious idea involves a rider going out to the caller on a fold-away mechanical scooter.
The 40kg scooter can be put into the boot of any car in leak-proof bags before Brian then drives the owner’s car home.
Brian is insured to drive any car or van up to 3.5 tonnes in weight and he claims on a round trip it is cheaper than any taxi.
He launched the business last month and is running it from home with his wife Louise.
They have two scooters but are keeping another part time rider on standby.
Last weekend there were only two calls out but one was a profitable trip to Rye from the Old Town.
The couple both sold up their expensive Yamaha sports motorbikes to invest into the business.
They are targeting pubs, clubs and even doctors surgeries where people are encouraged not to drive after medication or a medical procedure.
Brian said: “The idea came out of my course. It was a business model but I was encouraged to give it a go and I really believe it can work.
“It’s all about personal service and making the passenger feel more like you’re their chauffeur.
“There are similar services in Brighton and in London but nothing around here.
“We work out cheaper in the long run because you don’t have to get a taxi back to your parking location the next day to retrieve your car. And you may still be over the limit.
“There is nothing like it around here and we’re sure that once the word gets out that people will give us a go.”
For more information visit www.booterscooter.co.uk