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Transport: Environment Protection

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what steps she is taking to encourage car-sharing clubs. (168679)

The Department encourages car sharing both directly, as one of a range of measures (known collectively as ‘smarter choices’) aimed at helping people travel more sustainably, and indirectly, through encouraging local authorities to include car-based initiatives as part of their local transport strategies.

The Department also publishes a range of best practice guidance on work and school travel planning that include car share schemes. In 2005, we published “Making Car Sharing and Car Clubs Work” and “Making Smarter Choices Work”.

Government initiatives such as (a) requiring travel plans for new developments, (b) the National Business Travel Network and (c) the Travelling to School project are increasing the number of workplaces and schools with travel plans.

Car share schemes are being set up nationally by commercial operators, by local authorities for their staff or the wider public and by businesses, schools and other organisations as individual initiatives or as part of a travel plan.