Car sharing is one of the sustainable travel measures (‘Smarter Choices’) being promoted by the Department. We encourage local authorities to include schemes, such as car sharing, in their local transport plans. The Government provide Local Transport Plan funding through the integrated transport block grant (£372 million in 2008-09) and the transport component of the revenue support grant. It is for local authorities to decide how they spend this money. We have provided best practice advice and guidance, including ‘Making Car Sharing and Car Clubs Work’ in 2005.
On 20 March the Secretary of State opened the UK's first motorway high occupancy vehicle lane on M606/62 between Bradford and Leeds. We will continue to consider such lanes for use across the network alongside other measures.
Transport Direct provides links to car sharing organisations, which are provided along with the results of journey plans. We also propose this year to develop car sharing messages under the ACT ON CO2 campaign. Car sharing can be an important part of workplace, school and other travel plans. As such we have included it in guidance on travel planning, such as the Essential Guide to Travel Planning, and promote it via our National Business Travel Network.