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Edinburgh launches car-sharing scheme

Date: 01 June 2016   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Edinburgh City Council has signed a deal with Enterprise Car Club to run a new citywide car club scheme.

The car-sharing service aims to reduce emissions, congestion and parking problems in the city, with the council estimating that the four-year deal will bring more than £1m into the public purse.

Enterprise added that it will work in partnership with the Scottish city to introduce more efficient vehicle technology in order to increase the sustainability of the scheme.

"This is really good news for the city. By signing up Enterprise Car Club to provide an improved citywide car-sharing scheme across the Capital, we're helping promote a convenient, reliable alternative to private car ownership, which will cut down on congestion and competition for parking places as well as slashing carbon emissions," said transport convener councilor Lesley Hinds. "I'm sure we'll see more and more people signing up to become members, especially with the reduction in fees and hourly rates for vehicle use."

"It's great to see that Enterprise shares our commitment to improving Edinburgh's environment and cut harmful greenhouse gas emissions; ridding their fleet of diesel vehicles and agreeing to provide at least 12 electric vehicles clearly demonstrates that they're on board with this mission," she added.