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|Car Club Gets Into First Gear
- Members pay annual fee for access
THE Congestion Charge, the first of its kind, is being watched by administrators of cities around the world, but London's traffic innovations don't stop with road-pricing.
Today is the start of the London City Car Club, a car-sharing scheme backed by seven London boroughs and partly funded by the Congestion Charge. Under the scheme, an annual fee is charged to members, who can then use a club car for between one hour and three days. The very short term use is one area, in particular, is not available with normal, private car-hire companies.
"The London City Car Club will provide a real alternative to owning a car while allowing access to a car when needed," said Frances Taylor of Kensington council. "The cars are dual fuel and will make a real contribution to improving air quality in London."
Cars are picked up at, and returned to, various 'stations', the first operational one being Kensington Central Library car park.