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Car Sharing / Car Clubs
Written by Catherine Davis   

Car sharing - also known as lift sharing, ride sharing or car pooling - offers many benefits for both individuals and organisations. As well as reducing transport costs, traffic congestion and parking problems, car sharing lessens the environmental damage caused by energy consumption and pollution.

Car sharing involves two or more people travelling together in the same car. One is usually the owner of the vehicle while the others make a cash contribution towards fuel. Most car sharing schemes are free to use. You could organise a car share with work colleagues or register on one of the growing number of on line databases. The web site then searches for journey matches and puts the participants in touch.

Car clubs are another increasingly popular transport arrangement. Members of car clubs can make use of a vehicle as and when they need it without the worries and expense of ownership.

Cars are available for short term hire and may be booked for as little as half an hour. The car is located in a designated local parking bay and accessed using a car club member's smart card. Users pay a monthly or annual subscription. Pay as you go charges include petrol and maintenance costs.


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