Car clubs to get government funding

July 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

The new government may be making cuts in public spending across the board – but a £40,000 grant to develop shared-use car clubs has been announced today. Transport Minister Norman Baker (a Lib Dem) said that: “the figures speak for themselves – each car club vehicle can result in taking 24 private vehicles off the road and the low carbon vehicles used typically emit approx 33% less CO2 than the average car. This is why we are supporting the continued growth of car clubs across the country.”

There are now thought to be over 127,000 members of car clubs in the UK, typically living in cities with limited parking facilities and access to public transport, who use club vehicles on a pay-as-you-go basis after paying an initial membership fee. Car clubs such as CityCarClub and Streetcar are also used by many businesses and public-sector groups, as an alternative to running and maintaining an in-house ‘pool’ or fleet of vehicles.

Transport for London is also supporting car clubs; London mayor Boris Johnson said today: “Car clubs are a brilliant idea and membership is booming in the capital… Londoners joining up have found they are able to save thousands of pounds by avoiding all the hassle of repairs, services and insuring their vehicles. Our focus now is to increase membership in the capital’s outer boroughs.”

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