City Car Club has won the tender to operate the city’s official car club. Every car in the Glasgow City Car Club will produce CO2 emissions less than 100g/km.
The Glasgow City Car Club will launch by the end of September, and by the end of the year will have 20 cars with more arriving in 2011.
The first phase of cars will be located primarily in the West End, with cars in the city centre and south side following shortly after.
City Vans will be added in the New Year providing hourly van rental for members.
Councillor Jim Coleman, executive member for Land and Environmental Services, said: "We have long hoped to establish a car club in Glasgow and City Car Club make an ideal partner for us, with a wealth of experience elsewhere in the country.
“This scheme has great potential to cut congestion and improve air quality. Other cities that have launched car clubs have seen a reduction in car ownership among members and a reduction in the number of miles they travel by car, which has obvious environmental benefits.”
James Finlayson, City Car Club’s managing director added: “We are delighted to have been selected to operate Glasgow’s official car club. We have had more requests from Glasgow residents and businesses to bring our service to their city than anywhere else in the UK, so we know there is huge demand for our alternative to car ownership. As well as being a way for Glaswegians to drive down the cost of motoring, the city will benefit from a scheme that will help reduce carbon emissions, congestion and parking pressure.”
Members of the new Glasgow car club will not only have access to every City Car within Glasgow, but also every City Car and City Van in Edinburgh and 13 other major cities in England.
Across the UK, City Car Club has a membership base of 20,000 and over 550 cars and vans. Many members join as a cost effective alternative to car ownership enabling them to pay for a car when they need one, without paying for it when they don’t.
Equally, businesses are saving money by choosing car club membership over running pool cars, using taxis, booking traditional hire cars, or reimbursing their employees for using their own cars.