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.
Car clubs have a big role to play helping to deliver economic, social and environmental government goals.
This guide explains what a car club is and provides information to help you decide whether a car club is feasible in your area, and how to establish a viable car club.
Inverness is a city with a population of around 50,000 on Scotland’s northeast coast, where the River Ness meets the Moray Firth. Overall the population density of Inverness is lower than in some other successful locations, which indicates that any future car club scheme needs careful consideration and planning to be successful. There are however, factors that would support the launch of a scheme. Inverness has almost 600 businesses which are considered to have a high potential to use car clubs, in business sectors including public administration, health and professional services. In addition, the study analysed city areas based on the criteria for residential demand and looked at the relative potential for car clubs in specific residential locations.
Car sharing has the potential to generate numerous benefits across Inverness: from convenience and financial savings for car club users to reduced urban congestion, lower emissions of greenhouse gases and fewer cars parked on residential streets and car parks. Car clubs can also facilitate changes in staff travel to encourage lower carbon, cleaner, safer travel through use of forward looking policies and managed staff travel.
Given the demographic and economic profile of the town, we estimate that a car club network in Inverness could initially support around 15 car club cars, including at key business locations including three Highland Council sites and Raigmore Hospital.
South Ayrshire Council commissioned this feasibility study to look at whether car clubs may be viable in Prestwick and Ayr, and Troon.
The study looks at demand from residents and employers as well as assessing the potential benefits to South Ayrshire Council from integrating car clubs in its travel policy and replacing pool vehicles.
The findings of the study suggest new car club operations could be viable in South Ayrshire where the Council block book vehicles for Council use in addition to demand from residents.
Fife Council commissioned this feasibility study to look at whether car clubs may be viable in further communities in Fife.
The study looks at demand from residents, employers and community groups as well as assessing the potential benefits to Fife Council from integrating car clubs in its travel policy.
In 2016 Carplus published this report, funded by Transport Scotland and with the support of Moray Council, which assesses the feasibility of introducing a car club to the Moray region.
In September 2015, West Lothian Council, working in partnership with Carplus (and funded by Transport Scotland), commissioned a study to help determine whether there is scope for one or more car clubs to operate in the area.
The strategic case for car clubs has been well understood for over a decade. This report and tool analyses the benefit cost ratios for car clubs and provides a downloadable spreadsheet enabling car club projects to calculate their own BCRs.
Illustrative headline BCRs were calculated using data from the Developing Car Clubs in England Programme.
The report was commissioned by Carplus and written by Keith Buchan, MTRU.
East Renfrewshire Council commissioned this feasibility study to look at whether car clubs may be viable in Eastwood and Levern Valley. The study looks at demand from residents, employers and community groups as well as assessing the potential benefits to East Renfrewshire Council from integrating car clubs in its travel policy.