By Gem Childe on 8th May 2017
The 2017 Carplus Annual Survey studied the car sharing habits of 4,000 Londoners and found that membership has grown from 186,000 to 193,500 members in the capital last year.
This in turn leads to less air pollution and a reduction in vehicle carbon emissions.
London faces challenges of population growth, congestion and the environment. Car clubs provide a cost-effective and flexible alternative to owning a car, and can help tackle these challenges
Every car club operating in the capital means that more than 11 privately-owned vehicles are removed from the roads – equal to reducing nearly 29,500 cars in the city.
Data from the survey highlighted that car clubs have reduced the proportion of diesel vehicles in London fleets from 71 per cent in 2013 to 5 per cent today. In comparison, diesel accounts for 37 per cent of private car ownership.
Car club vehicles will have a 99 per cent compliance rate with the forthcoming Ultra-Low Emissions Zone standards pushed forward by London Mayor Sadiq Khan. Four per cent of vehicles in car club fleets are zero-emission which reaches to 16 per cent for the DriveNow scheme, a car-sharing venture established by BMW.
Joseph Seal-Driver, director of DriveNow, said: “Car sharing is moving in the right direction, but when you compare London with its European counterparts we are sadly still lagging behind.
"Sadiq Khan has the opportunity to take action with the Mayor’s Transport Strategy and pave the way for a healthier future; these results should be the catalyst to get car sharing into every borough so that all Londoners can benefit.”