I was recently asked by a local resident about the set aside car park spaces for the Enterprise Car Club which are dotted throughout the city. I thought you may be interested to know more about it.

The spaces have been created under a Traffic Regulation Order to prevent parking by vehicles that are not part of the Council’s official car club. The cars are not reserved for any particular houses but are part of a city-wide publicly accessible ‘shared mobility’ scheme.

Car Clubs are growing in popularity across the UK and beyond. They are part of the new ‘shared mobility’ offer in cities which also includes car sharing, bike sharing, smart technology and integration with public transport as an alternative to traditional car ownership.

The Leeds City Council car club was launched in 2004 with support from a European funded Project in conjunction with West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Authority (now the Combined Authority).   

In the three months  for which figures are available at the time of writing August to October 2016 the cars in Horsforth have been booked and used 82 times, by 19 different drivers.  If you would like more information please visit https://www.enterprisecarclub.co.uk/

At this time, when the authority is looking closely at transport solutions post-NGT and coming under growing pressure to reduce transport emissions to improve air quality, shared mobility options including car clubs will play a key role in delivering the changes we urgently need.