Car clubs are set to receive a £500,000 funding boost, Transport minister Baroness Kramer has announced.
The funding will help to make more efficient use of the road and reduce transport related carbon emissions through support for two pilot car sharing programmes. Pay-as-you-go car use encourages people to walk and cycle and make use of public transport.
“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,” said Baroness Kramer.
“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 since 2005 and there are already more than 150,000 car club members in England and the government is keen to see numbers grow.
Car clubs have both economic and environmental benefits, saving drivers thousands of pounds per year and helping to take cars off the road, with one car club rental taking the place of as many as 17 individually-owned vehicles, according to the Department for Transport.
Car club vehicles have also been found to have lower emissions than the average car.
The Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund is currently funding 48 car club and car sharing schemes.