Car-sharing club revs up for great and green start

C121571-2 Chi Co Wheels  phot kate''Daire Casey, of Co-wheels car club Chichester at the launch of the new car with the members of Chicheser district and county counciil who are supporting the scheme.C121571-2
C121571-2 Chi Co Wheels phot kate''Daire Casey, of Co-wheels car club Chichester at the launch of the new car with the members of Chicheser district and county counciil who are supporting the scheme.C121571-2

A UNIQUE car club has been launched in the city.

The Co-wheels Car Club Chichester got its motor running on Saturday, aiming to provide the community with a new way to access a private vehicle, while saving money and reducing car ownership.

Its two cars have been given dedicated parking spaces, one in East Street and one in West Street, where members of the club can collect them. Technology fitted in the car will recognise the card provided to the club member, and they will then have access to the vehicle.

It costs £25 to join the club and there is a minimum monthly fee of £5 (deducted from the booking charges). Members then pay £4.50 to hire a car for one hour and 21p per mile that they travel, which covers all the costs associated with the car: insurance, road tax, upkeep – and even petrol.

The club is being provided by Co-wheels, a national provider, and members will be able to use any of the 180 cars based in the UK.

Co-wheels Car Club Chichester steering group chairman Daire Casey says: “The volunteer group is really excited about delivering car club cars to the streets of Chichester.

“We have worked hard on the detail of this project to make sure that the club is as attractive as possible to the residents and workers of Chichester.”

The car club is a collaboration between the community, Chichester District Council and West Sussex County Council using DEFRA (Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) Air Quality Grant money, together with funding from the county council.

For more details go to www.co-wheels.org.uk/chichester or contact Daire Casey at dairecasey@hotmail.com. Follow them on Twitter @chichesterccc or Facebook.