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Government cash supports car share clubs

Car clubs are set to receive a £500,000 boost to drive forward their work, Transport Minister Baroness Kramer has announced.
 
The minister announced that the Department for Transport will provide the funding to support two pilot programmes which will promote much wider access to car clubs.
 
Baroness Kramer said: "Car clubs cut congestion, reduce carbon and save people money while still giving people the freedom and flexibility to use a car when they want to. Interest in car clubs is already gathering pace and we want to give that interest added momentum.
 
"This funding will highlight their many advantages to even more people and help take car clubs up a gear."
 
The proportion of carless households has been growing across the country since 2005. At the same time, because people value the convenience that access to a car brings, interest in car clubs is growing, says the government.
 
There are already over 150,000 car club members in England and government is keen to support their growth.
 
They make much more efficient use of the limited space available on the road, with estimates suggesting that one rental car can take the place of 17 individually owned vehicles, the government added.
 
Car clubs can also help save drivers money - potentially thousands of pounds per year.
 
The Department for Transport is already funding 48 car club and car sharing schemes through its Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

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  • Chris Poulsom - 29/07/2014 11:31

    I have recently been to Berlin where this scheme is huge and all those I spoke to rave about it. I believe it is manufacturer driven (BMW and MINI).

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  • Stephen Murchie - 29/07/2014 11:58

    What about the rest of the UK?? - Could lease schemes be developed to lease people carriers or minibuses to allow almost a job bus that would reduce pollution? Would the finance houses agree to it? This would create incentives for both employers and staff to contribute everyone benefits, well if you live in England......

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  • Beate Kubitz - 29/07/2014 16:31

    Carplus is managing this funding - we are already running a scheme in Scotland and working with Transport for London in the capital, so we're slowly getting the country covered. We're expecting there to be three large demonstration projects in the first pilot - getting a car club into a new area; expanding an existing car club and also integrating public transport and car clubs in a third. The second pilot will fund smaller or more rural schemes through a Car Club Challenge Fund. I hope that helps!

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