Council urges car sharing

Aberdeenshire Council is encouraging people to ‘look again’ at car sharing as a transport option ahead of this year’s National Liftshare Week.

The local authority is once again supporting the UK-wide initiative, which began on Monday, October 1, and hopes to encourage and enable more people to discover the benefits of car sharing.

Aberdeenshire Council’s online car sharing project Car Share Aberdeenshire (www.carshareaberdeenshire.com) was started in 2006 and celebrated its 1000th member earlier this year.

Research shows savings of up to £1,000 per year can be achieved by car sharing, principally through reduced fuel and maintenance
costs.

As part of the campaign, the council is also urging local businesses to take a key role in promoting car sharing to their employees and is offering promotional materials for use on website or intranet pages.

Surveys show that ten per cent of commuters currently car share, with most people finding a colleague or neighbour to share with.

To visit the website, go to www.carshareaberdeenshire.com.