The Isle of Wight Car Club is being run by Co-Wheels. It has been set up with funding secured by the council through the Developing Car Clubs in England programme which is funded by the Department for Transport and managed by Carplus.
Co-wheels is the largest car club operator in the UK with car clubs in more than 60 locations, from small villages to city centres. As a social enterprise, Co-wheels ploughs all of its profits back into the expanding community car club network. Co-wheels is the only independently-owned national car club, providing low emission, hybrid and electric cars on a pay-as-you-go basis for organisations and communities across the UK.
The car sharing service on the Isle of Wight will give local residents, businesses and visitors access to an affordable, flexible and hassle-free transport option for getting around the island.
The new Isle of Wight fleet is launching at the beginning of October 2016. By the end of the year there will be 10 vehicles in key locations across the island including Ryde, Cowes, Newport, Sandown and Freshwater.
After joining the car club, members receive a smartcard, allowing them to book online and have keyless access the cars, which are parked in car parks at convenient locations near transport hubs. The high specification hybrid and low emission cars can be booked for short periods – from half an hour - or for days at a time at discounted rates. Hire is from £4.50 per hour, plus a small mileage fee.
Isle of Wight Council Executive member for economic sustainability and development, Councillor Ian Stephens, said: “I am delighted that following the council securing Department for Transport funding to progress the car club scheme, we are now in a position to welcome Co-Wheels to the Island.
“Developing and improving access to more sustainable car use is a key priority in growing our green economy and making the Island a better place to live. Car clubs can offer residents the benefits of convenience, saving money and reduces the Island’s carbon footprint at the same time.”
To find out more and to join the Car Club visit www.co-wheels.org.uk/iow