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Car clubs are becoming ever more popular in the borough, with the number of Waltham Forest car club members up by around 60 per cent over the past year.


Last year saw the introduction of a new car club to the borough, with 67 BMW and Mini vehicles made available to rent via DriveNow, including 30 electric BMW i3 cars.


The service has the unique feature of allowing drivers to leave vehicles anywhere in our borough, Haringey, Hackney and Islington after they are finished using them. The scheme means that drivers don’t even have to use a designated parking bay and have access to 300 vehicles across the four boroughs.  


DriveNow has made a marked impact on the numbers of residents choosing to use car clubs, although the upward trend can also be seen with the borough’s fixed-bay car club, Zipcar. This has seen a 20 per cent increase in use over the last year.


Zipcar offers a round-trip, or bay-based system that means cars and vans are parked in designated bays that they need to be returned to. Between them Zipcar and DriveNow have over 4,000 members in the borough.


“It shows that people have really cottoned onto the benefits of car clubs and that our investment in them was a wise one,” said Councillor Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment.


“The flexibility they offer is brilliant for those people who need to use a car once in a while, but don’t need all the stress and hassle of buying one, servicing it, insuring it, etc.”


Using a car club can help you save money – if you drive less than 6,000 to 8,000 miles per year, giving up your car and switching to a car club saves on average £3,500 a year.


For every one car club vehicle introduced, 20 private vehicles are taken off the road, making more parking space for everyone. Plus residents and business that are less reliant on private vehicles use them more sparingly, easing local traffic congestion.


Because of the success, the Council has agreed to allow Zipcar to expand from 37 borough vehicles to 45. The funding for the eight new bays has been sourced from so-called ‘Section 106’ payments that developers are obliged to make towards improvements in infrastructure in the local area.


To register to use one of the DriveNow cars go to www.drive-now.com and for Zipcar go to www.zipcar.co.uk To find out more about car clubs in the borough visit the Council’s website at www.walthamforest.gov.uk



PHOTO: One of the car club vehicles parked on a Walthamstow side street ready for use by residents.

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