Minister backs low carbon car clubs

Clubs giving divers short term rentals of low carbon vehicles have been backed by the new transport minister.

Norman Baker said today (July 1) that an extra £40,000 of Government funding would help to increase the popularity of the clubs.

According to Mr Baker clubs 'have increased massively' in popularity with the number of members increasing from just 22,000 in 2007 to more than 127,100 members currently.

Car Clubs facts:

  • Hiring a car club car costs around £5 an hour.

  • Fuel is included in the hourly rate, with the majority of operators offering free mileage with each hire.

  • Joining a car club takes around 48 hours and is open to anyone 21 years and over. Some car clubs now accept members aged 18 and upwards.



Mr Baker said: "We have been clear in our commitment to sustainable travel initiatives such as car clubs to help achieve a greener and more sustainable transport sector.

"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 about 33% less CO2 than the average car.

"This is why we are supporting the continued growth of car clubs across the country."

Luke Walsh




Energy efficiency & low-carbon
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