County council car share scheme sees success - The Leamington Observer

County council car share scheme sees success

Leamington Editorial 19th Mar, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016   0

A CAR share scheme up and running in Warwickshire for less than two years has become one of the biggest in the UK – thanks to the support of local employers such a Jaguar Land Rover (JLR).

Warwickshire County Council has been working in partnership with Liftshare – the country’s largest car-sharing network – since June 2014 and has been encouraging employers to get on board with the scheme.

Liftshare is free to use and enables members of the scheme to search for other people making the same journey and to ask for a lift. Many members are also happy to give a lift in return for a contribution to fuel costs and some company.

There are now more than 5,100 Liftshare members registered throughout Warwickshire – many working at JLR sites in the county..

Since JLR joined, the Warwickshire scheme has become one of the most successful Liftshare schemes in the country. The company now has more than 3,800 registered employees using the car sharing scheme at its sites including Gaydon, Fen End and Whitely sites.

JLR spokeswoman Samantha Fraser said: “Jaguar Land Rover introduced a car-sharing scheme through Liftshare to reduce traffic on local roads, ease the demand for parking on-site and to save the business and its employee’s considerable money.

“Car-sharing is seen as a benefit which supports staff needs, delivers business productivity and efficiently manages site resources.”

County transport spokesman Coun Peter Butlin said the scheme had proved a great success.

He told The Observer: “Liftshare was initially a scheme put in place to help save council employees time, money and to encourage more social activity within the work place. The outcome has been more beneficial than we could have anticipated.

“Employees who car share have a substantial impact on helping to decrease road congestion, further promoting a more sustainable way of travelling, and we really hope it continues to succeed.”

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