UEA car club is first of its kind
PUBLISHED: 09:30 03 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:57 22 October 2010
Owning a car is an expensive business. There's tax, MOT and insurance to think of - not to mention the bills that mount up when things go wrong - but now students and staff at the University of East Anglia have another option.
Owning a car is an expensive business.
There's tax, MOT and insurance to think of - not to mention the bills that mount up when things go wrong - but now students and staff at the University of East Anglia have another option.
In the first scheme of its kind at a British university, they will be able to join a club where they can simply hire a car when they need it for both work and leisure.
The scheme is aimed at people who only require occasional use of a vehicle, yet still drive to campus.
In a recent survey, about 13pc of UEA staff said they would walk or use public transport to get to work if they still had access to a car for occasional work-related journeys.
Run by CityCarClub, the scheme, which is also a first for East Anglia, will see cars based at UEA provided as part of the European Community funded initiative CIVITAS-SMILE.
The club will be rolled out across Norwich in the coming months with special dedicated parking spaces in the city centre planned as another incentive.
Initially, the club begins with a Renault Clio, which is available at £3.95 an hour or £20 a day plus 17p per mile for fuel, but it is expected to rapidly expand.
Each member must also pay a one-off restriction fee of £39.50, entitling them to life membership of the UEA club.
Dawn Dewar, UEA transport manager, said: “By introducing a car club at the university we aim to offer our staff and students the freedom of a car when they need one, without the hassle and expensive overheads of owning one.
“Research at existing car clubs has shown that on average members reduce their overall car use by 35pc. We are pleased to add this initiative to the range of environmentally-friendly travel options promoted through our travel plan.”
The plan has included small-scale initiatives, such as personal safety awareness training, as well as major projects, such as the new cycle/pedestrian path from Bluebell Road to the centre of campus.
About 500 people have been encouraged to share car journeys to and from campus. UEA has also spent £250,000 on improving facilities for cyclists, and funds the cheapest annual bus season ticket in the country.
To take part in the scheme students and staff need to be over 21 and have a valid licence. Insurance is provided by the club.
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