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More cash for car sharing scheme in Harrogate

More cash for car sharing scheme in Harrogate

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Jacob Webster at 12:11pm 11th March 2020. (Updated at 12:12pm 11th March 2020)

Harrogate Borough Council will pump more than £23,000 into its car sharing scheme – as part of its drive to tackle the town’s traffic.  

  • Harrogate Borough Council is investing more than £23,000 into the car sharing scheme. 
  • It involves users of a  website and app advertise their journeys to other commuters.
  • The scheme has been extended for another five years.   

The scheme involves users of a website and app advertise their journeys to other commuters.

Councillor Phil Ireland, cabinet member for sustainable transport, this week signed off a decision to extend it for another five years. 

More than 2,150 people have signed up online, but only 11 per cent of those were actively sharing their spare seats as of February 1st, according to a report.  

Harrogate Borough Council
Harrogate Borough Council

Coun Ireland told the Local Democracy Reporting Service:

“I had absolutely no problem agreeing to carry on the scheme with Liftshare.com. 

“Looking ahead at the next five years, we expect an increase on the 11 per cent figure.” 

As well as council staff, workers at Bettys, Taylors of Harrogate and Harrogate District Hospital have also signed up to the scheme as employer groups.

The report said more than 929,000 miles and £106,000 in fuel costs has been saved since the project was launched – and extending the scheme will save an estimated 183 tonnes in carbon emissions each year. 

The council is directly responsible for around 10,000 tonnes of emissions each year and pays around £1.5million in energy and fuel bills. 

Harrogate traffic-HBC

The report added:

“The council has committed to promoting car sharing as part of carbon reduction and air quality management plans.

“Continuing the scheme is necessary in order to meet the council’s carbon reduction and air quality aims.”

The council has also previously spent £28,000 on the creation of a car sharing club – which is a model of car rental where people can hire a car from a pool of publicly-available vehicles for as long as required or for as little as half an hour."