Research Reveals Traffic Reduction on UK Roads Thanks to Car Club Schemes

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5th May 2011 15:32 - Automotive

Car use, car ownership and motoring costs are seeing a dramatic reduction thanks to increasing numbers of the public joining car clubs, a new study has revealed.

The study by sustainable transport charity Carplus has shown that 32% of car club users have reported a reduction in vehicle ownership. The results of their latest national survey released at their annual conference also demonstrate that a further 30% of club members have not purchased a new vehicle.

Chief Executive of Carplus, Chas Ball, commented: “Car clubs make the costs of driving transparent and as a result car club members are more likely to walk, cycle or use public transport, limiting their car use to occasional journeys where use of the car is a necessity.”

The survey of 8,450 car club users found a significantly reduced level of car use amongst its members with 85% of households who use the scheme driving under 5,000 miles each year.

Dr Sally Cairns, a Senior Researcher the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) said: “The effects of car club membership on household car ownership appear to be dramatic– which may have significant impacts on the travel habits that members choose to adopt in the longer term.”

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