London boroughs' co-ordinated approach to car clubs

London Councils, the umbrella body for local government in the capital, is launching a new online resource to support borough collaboration on car clubs policy and will host the resource on its website. It will be used by borough officers, car club operators and other users to access relevant sources of information.

There are currently six car clubs in London, estimated to have more than 400,000 members across the capital. Boroughs believe car clubs have an important role to play in reducing private car ownership.

Cllr Julian Bell, Chair of London Councils’ Transport & Environment Committee, said: “Car clubs can play an important role in changing behaviour. We’re keen to support car clubs where they help to reduce the total number of vehicles on the road and facilitate use of less-polluting vehicles. However, car clubs don’t work everywhere and need to fit into our overall strategy for greener travel options such as walking, cycling, and public transport.

Christina Calderato, Transport for London’s Head of Transport Strategy and Planning, said: “Car clubs can provide an alternative to car ownership for occasional and essential car trips. We therefore support car clubs in the capital, which can have benefits when paired with other measures to reduce car dependency.”


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