This guidance note provides detailed information about what is involved in procuring a car club operator. It outlines the different models of car clubs available and the level of involvement these are likely to require from a council. The guidance note also explains what procurement options are available, as well as useful considerations for what to include in a tender document.
This guide is designed for local authority officers who are considering whether a car club should be developed in their area and what decisions need to be made to successfully implement a scheme. It outlines the potential benefits of using a car club for your organisation and your local community, and explains what makes a suitable location for a successful scheme. It also provides advice on financial considerations, as well as a generic action plan to show you the different steps involved in establishing a car club.
This report looks at whether more walkable neighbourhoods with low levels of private car ownership can be encouraged by way of good planning policies and well-designed housing developments across Scotland.
This large mixed use development is on the site of the former Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. Edinburgh City Council wanted to avoid large amounts of traffic being generated by the new development so as part of the planning agreements provision for the developer to support the car club was included.
This small development was brought forward in an area well served by public transport and in which council policy discouraged on street parking.
Research shows that car clubs reduce congestion, improve air quality and reduce CO2 emissions by tackling car dependency and ownership. The Car Clubs in New Developments report outlines good practice and the experiences of key local authorities in implementing car free and low car developments. This is a briefing document from the report.
The Developing Car Clubs in Scotland (DCCS) programme was launched in October 2010 and is funded by Transport Scotland, the national transport agency for Scotland. The programme represents an innovative part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions from transport and improving air quality in towns and cities.
Carplus commissioned a study to explore the feasibility of growing car club operations in Renfrewshire. There is already a community car club (LEAP) which operates in Lochwinnoch, Bridge of Weir and Kilbarchan and a Zipcar operation at Glasgow Airport. The study explored potential business and residential demand in Renfrewshire and potential business models for implementation of additional car club operations in Paisley, Renfrew, Erskine, Johnstone, Houston and Linwood.
In November 2016, South Lanarkshire Council, working in partnership with Carplus commissioned a feasibility study to help determine whether there is scope for one or more car clubs to operate in the area.
Case study on Poole Car Club
Borough of Poole Council received funding to develop a car club offer for Council staff and the public. The project will also develop the innovative Travelmates scheme.
The Borough of Poole Council have plans to deliver a four-vehicle car club (with three electric vehicles and one hybrid). The project has been delayed due to using the new Crown Commercial Services Framework (the first Council in England to try to do so) and plans are in place to launch the car club in early 2017.
Following the launch of the car club, the Travelmates scheme will be developed. This will help allow members of the public to use the car club vehicles at the evening and weekends by recruiting groups of members to move some of the vehicles between residential bases near where they live and a daytime base at their workplace. Experience from this ‘proof of concept’ will be shared with the car club sector to better understand how this can be applied to benefit all.