A fleet of eco-friendly cars that can be hired on an hourly basis is being expanded in Norwich to keep up with demand. The City Car Club, promoted by the city council, aims to reduce the number of vehicles in the city centre by giving drivers the chance to use a car when they need it rather than keeping one they perhaps rarely use.
The scheme was launched just over a year ago and offers members the chance to book at a moment’s notice and then use their entry cards to access one of two cars parked in York Street and Gloucester Street in the Golden Triangle area of the city. It has been so successful that four cars and new pick-up sites have been added at Stafford Street, Neville Street, Essex Street, and Portland Street. All six cars are available for use by Norwich residents and businesses for less than £5 an hour.The council is keen to expand the club because it fits in with its policy on traffic and C02 reduction, and it was impressed by the fact that on average every club car replaces seven privately-owned cars meeting the objective of the CIVITAS Measure.Club members reduce mileage by 35pc after joining, compared with car owners. The six cars in Norwich will save about 55 tonnes of C02 a year, the equivalent of 14 flights to Australia.
Author: Bruce Bentley