So, I was thinking that maybe we could hire one of these van-mounted cherry picker thingies that you see guys using for street lighting maintenance. We should be able to park it in the place where I normally park my car and no time spent erecting/stripping down means that we could get the job done in the one day - much easier all round.
However, all the hire sites I've looked at so far seem to suggest that you have to go on a training course before you can use one of these things. The course (on successful completion) seems to give you a card that lasts for 5 years. In other words, it seems that they are training you for a career in using elevating platforms and looking towards future employment, which is obviously no good for someone who wants to hire it for a day while his mate goes and does some work on the gutters. Have I got this right? Is there really no way Joe Public can just hire one for a day?