Memorandum submitted by Liftshare Ltd
1.1 www.liftshare.com is the UK's
leading car share provider, with over 100,000 members and providing
car-sharing software to more than 400 Local Authorities, Hospitals,
Businesses and Universities around the UK. It is liftshare's
mission to "enable and encourage more efficient use of the
2. HOW CAR
THE 20% REDUCTION
2.1 It is wholly reasonable for DfT to achieve
the 20% reduction target by 2010 as long as a concerted effort
is made to encourage more efficient car use. liftshare
recommends that more should be done to encourage, facilitate and
reward car-sharing along with other forms of more sustainable
With more efficient use of vehicles,
car sharing alone could achieve the 20% reduction necessary by
At present average car occupancy
stands at 1.6, for commuter journeys this figures is 1.2.
If car occupancy can be increased
by 25% to 2.0 then CO2 emissions will be cut by 20%.
In a typical work travel survey
results indicated that 60% of car drivers would be willing to
share a car to work if there was someone suitable to travel with.
2.2 There are currently over 101,000 people
formally car-sharing on the UK's national car share network www.liftshare.com
and between them we estimate they are saving over 4,700 tonnes
of CO2 each year. Our current match rate is 32% and
both membership and match rate is increasing month on month.
2.3 There is clearly demand for formal car-sharing
facilities; the major issue preventing more people from signing
up is a lack of awareness of organised car-sharing as a travel
"The investment required to make this
happen is very little. Car-sharing along with car-clubs and other
alternatives to single-occupancy car-use, doesn't require any
roads to be built or equipment to be developed. All it needs it
some promotion so that everyone in the UK understands the personal,
social and environmental benefits of responsible travel."
(Car passengers on the UKs roads: An analysis,
Imogen Martineau, 14 June 2005).
3.1 liftshare makes the following
recommendations for encouraging car-sharing:
A government campaign should
be launched to raise awareness of car-sharing and car-clubs as
an organised means of transport.
Bus lanes should be made available
HOV lanes should be developed
on busier routes.
Park and Ride sites could also
accommodate Park and Share parking spaces for those who want to
car-share into town centres.
Planning agreements for all
new business developments should include a travel plan with car-sharing
as part of it.
All businesses with more than
50 car parking spaces should be encouraged to set up a car share
Car-sharing should be promoted
within schools by changing the capital restrictions on the Travel
Plan Grant to allow funding to be allocated to information materials
and travel websites such as www.school-run.org.