SHARED CARS

Overview and benefits

Introduction

Pay per trip car clubs allow individuals and organisations to have access to a car without being tied to ownership. Through years of ongoing research we have found that this cuts costs and mileage while boosting use of public transport and active travel.

Car clubs started with informal car clubs. 1999 saw the first formal commercial car clubs charging by the hour and by distance. The sector has grown considerably since and continues to grow, with member numbers at an all time high.

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Active car club members*

297,172
Total members
784,870

* Anyone who has joined, renewed their membership or used a car club in the last 12 months

Figures: March 2022
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Fleet size

418
in Scotland
3,252
in London
1,189
in the rest of England and Wales
Total fleet size
4,859

History

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Shared car models

Car club

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Back to bay

This is the most common form of car club in the UK whereby cars must be returned to their unique designated parking place.

Back to area

As with back to bay, but the car must be returned to a small designed area, usually a street or two.

One-way / flex

In this newer but now also spreading model, the car can be taken on a one way trip and parked on-street wherever it is legal to do so (sometimes including pay and display bays).

Peer-to-peer

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Peer-to-peer car sharing is where people offer privately-owned vehicles for rent to others via an online platform. The platform provides insurance.

This option can provide solutions in areas where a car club model would not be economically viable.

Benefits of car sharing

Car clubs provide socially inclusive, low emission mobility which helps to break dependency on private car ownership.

At the same time, they help policy makers to meet targets at local, regional and national levels, including emissions reduction, reduce congestion, improvements to air quality and encouraging individuals to increase their use of sustainable modes.

Annual car club research reports
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Key findings

Modern technology

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1.6 YRS
is the average age of car club cars

Reduce private car ownership

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20
private cars taken off the road by each car club car in the UK

Lower CO₂

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27%
less CO₂ emissions for the average car club car compared to the average UK car

Cheaper alternative

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20%
of respondents stated that they couldn't afford to own a car, and this was their reason for joining the car club

Low emission

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100%
of car club cars are Low Emission Zone and Clean Air Zone compliant

Air quality - NOₓ

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89%
lower NOₓ emissions than the UK average car

Air quality - PM2.5

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72%
lower PM2.5 emissions than the UK average car

Carbon savings

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5,500
Car club carbon savings for the UK are equivalent to the lifetime CO₂e absorption of around 5500 trees

Annual car club research reports - 2021

The latest edition of the car club annual survey was completed by almost 11,000 car club members. The report below contains three sections: the members survey, emissions and fleet profiling and operators survey. From the survey we feel there is clear indication of how car clubs can help to: reduce private car ownership, enhance modal shift, encourage more environmentally friendly car use and improve car safety.

Summary reports

Historic car club reports

2019

Full reports
Summary reports

2018

Full reports
Summary reports
Key findings

2017

Key findings

2016

Full reports

2015

Full reports

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Existing schemes and operators

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