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Pioneering Car Club In First Gear

People trying to set up a car club to reduce the numbers of vehicles on Coventry’s streets say they have had an amazing response to their plans.

A leaflet campaign in Earlsdon has revealed that more than 50 households were interested in the scheme.

Members of Earlsdon Sustainable Transport Association (ESTA), who are organising the club, said they did not expect such interest.

The club will work by having shared ownership of cars stored in easily accessible places in Earlsdon.

Drivers will pay a membership fee and for the usage of the car. They will not need to worry about maintenance or finding their own insurance.

Data collected by ESTA has revealed that most people are looking for a reasonably priced and efficient way to gain access to a reliable car for their household.

In some cases this will mean households getting rid of second cars in favour of sharing. The main environmental impact will be less locally owned cars looking for a parking space in Earlsdon.

ESTA secretary and founder Jo Rathbone said:

"The target to launch the Club is around 20 households joining, and it looks like we may surpass that completely"

Details are being finalised, but it is likely that the car club will launch this summer.

New cars will be provided by Vauxhall, and the day-to-day running and booking system will be run by Smart Moves Ltd, based in Coventry University's Technocentre.

The phone booking system will eventually operate 24 hours a day, and will enable club members to gain access to a vehicle for a very small hourly fee, at short notice.

An internet booking system will also be available by autumn this year.

ESTA will be at the Earlsdon Festival on Monday 1 May, and the Godiva Festival on 10 and 11 June.

Anybody interested can visit ESTA at these events, or call Jo Rathbone on 024 7667 8735.
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