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What are the benefits of car sharing?

Considerable. Reduced costs, reduced congestion and pollution and improved access in areas with limited public transport.

What are the problems we face?

  • Traffic has increased by over 60% since 1980.
  • Cars are the biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Congestion costs the UK £19 billion a year.
  • Public transport costs are rising.
  • Every day there are 10 million empty seats on our roads.

What difference can car sharing make?

  • If average car occupancy were to increase by half - with 2.37 persons per car rather than 1.58 - it would lead to a one-third fall in traffic.
  • If there were an increase of 10% - with 1.74 persons per car on average - this would reduce traffic on our roads by 9%.
  • Over half of drivers would share a car to work if there was someone suitable to travel with.
  • A 10% car occupancy rise would reduce congestion by as much as a doubling rail usage.

Environmental Travel Association

Car-sharing halves drivers' costs

Drivers could halve their motoring costs by getting involved in car sharing with a neighbour, friend or colleague, according to a new study.

A survey by Halifax Car Insurance found that drivers travelling to work alone each day spend around £1,017 on expenses such as petrol.

Coinciding with National Lift Share day on June 14th, Halifax reported convincing statistics showing giving a colleague a lift and only using their cars every other day, drivers would considerably reduce their costs, as well as helping to reduce congestion and the harmful effects of emissions on the environment.

Over ten million cars travel each day at rush hour with no passengers, the study found, which translates to around 38 million empty seats.

Despite the fact that two thirds of drivers believe car-sharing is a good idea, just one in five actively share their morning journeys - meaning a further seven million drivers could car-share.

Mike Pickard, head of underwriting at Halifax Car Insurance, said there were countless benefits to car sharing: "Passengers in the car not only improve your environmental credentials, they can also act as an extra pair of eyes for you, especially in the morning rush hour when traffic is at its heaviest."

"Insurance wise, you can carry passengers in return for a mileage payment as long as there is no element of profit."

Younger drivers were found to be the most likely to team up on their travels with more motorists in the 18-24 band giving lifts than any other age groups.

Cost is thought to be the major motivating factor, as older lone drivers with higher incomes are less likely to worry about the costs incurred by petrol prices.

Source: www.eta.co.uk

Environmental Travel Association

The 3rd annual Conference on bringing a sustainable dimension to personal transport

Why car share:

Most of our journeys are made by private car - and car sharing is one of the best ways of making these journeys more efficient and sustainable, by cutting down on congestion and reducing parking demand. The concept of car sharing has the support of all three political parties and is becoming an increasingly important aspect of an environmentally sound transport policy that aims to make the best use of our transport network. As well as supporting local car sharing schemes, the government gave car sharing a boost nationally last year, by announcing that high occupancy vehicles lanes will soon become a feature of parts of the motorway network.

Throughout the country companies and organisations have become increasingly aware of the benefits that formalised car sharing schemes can offer, not least as a way of optimising share car parking space, particularly in the light of ever stringent parking regulations. But parking issues are just one facet. Employers are starting to recognise that a good car sharing scheme can not only help retain staff and encourage employee loyalty, but also contribute to a strong corporate social responsibility policy and demonstrate a commitment to the environment. Staff and others that sign up to car sharing schemes have been convinced of the benefits that car sharing can offer, such as a reduction in travel costs, and increased personal security. Many of these success stories are included in a recently published report Making Car Sharing and Car Clubs Work commissioned by the Department for Transport, whose authors will be speaking at this event.


The Guardian

You can now ditch your car, but still enjoy the freedom of four wheels, says Simon Birch

The introduction of London's congestion charge has helped to focus the minds of motorists on alternative ways of getting from A to B.

Of course, there's public transport, cycling and - gulp - walking, but a new option is rapidly growing in popularity.

Lift-sharing is a brilliantly simple idea that helps reduce the number of cars on the road, cuts air pollution and can save you money - and stress.

The system works pretty much like a dating agency, but rather than finding your ideal partner, it matches you with a potential driver or passenger who is travelling in the same direction or to the same destination: all you pay is a contribution to petrol costs.

The start of congestion charging in London has given lift-sharing a huge boost, with local councils now keen to promote its benefits. "Sharing lifts is set to become an increasingly popular way of travelling in central London," says a spokesperson from North London Transport, the organisation that represents eight north London councils.

If you've thought about giving up your car but still feel you need access to one occasionally, then car-sharing could be for you.

In Europe, more than 100,000 people are members of over 100 clubs, and use car-sharing as an everyday part of their transport mix.

Evidence suggests that one car-club car on average replaces five private cars, and that car-club members reduce their car mileage by half and replace this with a combination of walking, cycling and public transport.

There's no charge, however, for that feeling of freedom you get when you finally decide to ditch your car.

British Airways News

Car sharing: Everyone's a Winner!

CAR SHARING is an excellent way of saving money and reducing congestion and pollution.

Now Britain's largest computerised car-sharing scheme is available to everyone.

There's now a new way to link drivers with potential passengers. National CarShare's Internet based scheme will connect people making both one-off, long distance journeys and shorter more regular ones.

Hugh Somerville, Head of Environment, BA said:"Carsharing is a win, win, win - fewer cars means less congestion, less exhaust gas such as carbon dioxide, and money in the pocket of everyone involved."

The Express On Sunday By Rachel Baird

Lift-share scheme seeks to cut the cost of motoring

ONE way of cutting the cost of petrol is by offering lifts to people prepared to pay for the privilege. In March a new national agency will be launched to link drivers offering lifts with potential passengers. National CarShare will connect people making both one-off, long-distance journeys and shorter more regular ones, for example, to work. It has already had around 1,200 inquiries.

Drivers and passengers will specify the postcodes they are leaving from and those they are going to, and then receive a list of compatible passengers or drivers. Some large employers already run lift-share schemes for their staff, winning praise from deputy prime minister John Prescott, who said in November: "Car sharing schemes have the potential to make a significant contribution to reduce the number of cars on the road. They are good news for beating congestion and good news for our environment."

On the question of safety, National CarShare sought advice from personal safety charity the Suzy Lamplugh Trust. "We couldn't think of anything further to suggest that they hadn't already done," said a charity spokeswoman.

Participating in the lift-share scheme will not invalidate drivers' motor insurance, says Vic Rance of the Association of British Insurers. Drivers in doubt should contact their insurers.

Business Voice

Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Car share information system is launched

New car sharing schemes cater for all types of user. National CarShare, an Internet-based car sharing information system, has been launched.

Accessible 24 hours a day, it enables members to enquire about compatible drivers as welI as changing travel schedules or personal preferences whenever they wish.

The system can also provide companies with a car sharing management package, which eliminates the need for firms to employ staff to administer the scheme. For large employers with various sites the service makes it easier for personnel travelling between one site and another to car share.

The scheme is also designed to enable workers from more than one company to car share, thereby increasing the chances of passenger/driver compatibility.

There are many reasons why employers should encourage car sharing.

The benefits include:

  • it eases the demand on limited parking facilities,
  • reduces the costs of providing employee car parking,
  • contributes to reducing traffic congestion around offices and work places,
  • reduces the environmental damage caused by personnel getting to and from work,
  • gives employees an alternative to driving to work all the time,
  • widespread car sharing would greatly reduce the incidence of asthma, emphysema, bronchitis and other lung related health problems among your employees and others.

Spark Magazine

National CarShare

A new lift sharing scheme starting in September could halve the number of cars driven to work. The Managing Director of National CarShare hopes his national database of car- sharers will amalgamate sharing schemes run by individual companies. He said, "People are not getting matched with lifts or passengers even though they live or work near each other," he explained.


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