Membership of Brighton’s City Car Club looks set to soar as the council becomes the latest member of the successful car share scheme.
From November 19, groups of Brighton & Hove City Council employees will be able to take advantage of the popular scheme with car club vehicles available for staff to use for essential work related journeys.
The cars include four new vehicles, based in car club parking spaces at Kings House in Hove and Bartholomew House in Brighton. These cars will replace the current council pool cars which are being phased out.
Special rates have been negotiated for council budget holders with staff who need access to a vehicle to carry out their jobs. In addition special rates are available for staff wishing to join the scheme for their own private use.
Councillor Geoffrey Theobald, chairman of the environment committee said: “Joining the city car club is a great step forward as the council is committed to promoting and encouraging sustainable transport. ”The scheme will provide a practical, cost effective and environmentally sound alternative to pool cars, and should assist in reducing the council’s carbon footprint.
“I’m sure many of our staff will also take advantage of the excellent rates available for private membership of the scheme as an economical and easy alternative to buying and running a car.”
City Car Club, the largest car club operator in city, was the first to set up in the UK and now has a fleet of approaching 300 cars in 8 UK cities. It has plans to increase the number of cars in Brighton & Hove to over 80 in the next two years.
Cars have on board computers that log each journey made and bookings are made over the internet or by phone. City Car Club is fully responsible for maintenance of all their cars and offers a 24 hour helpdesk.
Benefits to the council include:
- Opportunity to reduce costs
- Fully accountable staff travel
- Ability to monitor and reduce miles driven and carbon footprint
- Simplified booking system (online/phone) – no need to locate keys (each driver issued with a smart enabled membership card to access any car), do manual bookings or logging of mileage
- Sends a strong signal both internally and externally of the benefits of car clubs
- Option for increasing staff time by using a car near to where they live if they are able to work directly from home at times or need to make an early start.
General information on City Car Club, car locations and its services can be found at www.citycarclub.co.uk
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