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Issue:- 28 November 2014

Liverpool's car club scheme continues to grow

LIVERPOOL is welcoming a new pay-as-you-drive vehicle as part of the development of the City's innovative car club scheme.

The expansion of the scheme, run by City Car Club, comes just after it celebrated an encouraging 12 months since its launch. The introduction of a new vehicle has been announced to cater for the increasing number of car club members within the City. There are already more than 200 City Car Club members in Liverpool using seven low emissions vehicles.

From Wednesday, 26 November 2014, a brand new Vauxhall Corsa located at a new bay in Duke Street, will be available for use for Car Club members .The new location will benefit those living and working in this part of the City, which is a short walk from Liverpool ONE Shopping Centre and just a stone's throw from the City's iconic Baltic Triangle.

Managing Director of City Car Club, James Finlayson, said:- "When we launched in the City we were aware that Liverpool City Council, like many authorities across the country, wanted to proactively tackle issues surrounding City Centre parking and increasing congestion. It's great to see the positive impact our car club has had in these concerns. We're hoping that the arrival of the new vehicle on Duke Street will see this figure increase as more people are able to experience the benefits of car clubs for themselves."

The popularity of City Car Club not only stems from its eco-friendly credentials, but its ability to save members considerable amounts of money. This is due to the fact that as a member you only incur a cost when actually using the vehicles. Hourly rentals fees then start from just £3.45 and cover insurance, tax, fuel, servicing and a host of other motoring expenses.

Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, Liverpool City Council cabinet member for regeneration and transport , praised the impact of City Car Club in the City:- "City Car Club has proved to be an intelligent way to cut costs and reduce the environmental impact of motoring in our City. The scheme compliments Liverpool's existing transport infrastructure, and the new bay on Duke Street offers local residents and businesses a mix and match approach to getting around the City. I very much hope we can build on the good work of the past year and providing residents and businesses with better access to car club vehicles is a great start."

The addition of the new vehicle reinforces Liverpool City Councils ambition to emulate the success that City Car Club has had in 16 other cities across the UK. The progress of sustainable transport projects like the car club will then play a large part in helping the City reach its air quality objectives by reducing congestion and levels of CO2 emissions.

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