London Councils will launch a new online resource to encourage motorists to make use of car clubs.
Many people in major cities like London or Manchester might own a car to only use it a few times a month when they make trips out of the city.
Being part of a car club is therefore increasingly being seen as a more cost-effective way to use a car, as members can access to different types of vehicles as and when they need them and do not have to pay the maintenance, insurance and upkeep costs.
According to the council, encouraging a shift away from private car ownership not only provides benefits to the individual but also has the potential to make better use of the existing road networks and to reduce air pollution.
There are currently six car clubs in London, which are estimated to have around 400,000 members.
The car club fleet emits 28% less CO2 than the average UK vehicle, with 100% of car club cars being compliant with Londons Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).
In a bid to fuel the growth of these car clubs, the council has launched a new online resource that will encourage car clubs operators to share their operational insights and relevant data to ensure that the vehicles can help to achieve the city’s sustainability goals.
Cllr Julian Bell, the chair of London councils Transport and Environment Committee said: ‘Car dependency in the capital means more congestion, more air pollution, more carbon emissions, and more damage to Londoners health.
â€˜Boroughs are determined to make people think twice before using their cars for non-essential journeys to encourage increased use of active and sustainable transport.
‘Weâ€™re keen to support car clubs where they help to reduce the total number of vehicles on the road and facilitate the use of less polluting vehicles.’
Chief executive of the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRL), Gerry Kean said: ‘Car clubs can play a massive role in helping London tackle it’s quality and congestion challenges, but operators have faced a real challenge in navigating the myriad of different requirements put forward by the Capitalâ€™s 32 boroughs.
‘The BVRLA and its members are determined to work with policymakers across London to develop a car club strategy that delivers a long-term, viable business model and more sustainable travel outcomes.’
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