Free driving for London motorists who go car free

by EcoStreet on December 20, 2008

in Responsible Transport

London motorists who get rid of their vehicles will be given free driving time with car clubs like Streetcar under a scheme backed by London Mayor Boris Johnson.

Car Crunch London will reward those who can prove that they have sold their car with a two year membership of a car club and free driving time, which usually costs from £3.95 an hour.

The aim of the scheme is to reduce the number of cars by 100,000 on London’s roads before the 2012 Olympics.

A spokesperson for the Environmental Transport Association said: “For the one in three Londoners who do without a car, and for the many drivers who seldom use their vehicle, sharing schemes make perfect environmental and financial sense.”

How car clubs and car sharing can save you money

Many people now have an informal arrangement with friends or neighbours, but Car Clubs offer a slick, money-saving and green alternative to private car ownership. If you drive less than 6,000 miles per year it is claimed a car club could save you up to £3,500 a year. Many people don’t notice the true costs of running a car, but when you add up the cost of tax, MOT, fuel, servicing, repairs, depreciation and parking you could be looking at over a hundred pounds a week. National car share offers free advice to those who are interested in car sharing.
How can I claim the free driving?

How and when can people apply? The offer is redeemable by sending in a scan of sections 4-8 of the car’s V5 certificate with sections 6 and 8 filled in, proving the sale of the car and applies to cars sold since December 1, 2008.

How much ‘free driving’ is included? Up to £250 worth. Cars start from £3.95 per hour to hire.


{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Caitlin December 21, 2008 at 5:01 pm

What about those of us who don’t own a car and never have?


[email protected] January 5, 2009 at 4:51 pm

Ditto what Caitlin said. 🙂

It’d be nice if local governments in the UK embraced legislation favouring cyclists, say, paying towards the purchase and upkeep of a bike if it’s the preferred mode of transport to and from work.

Unless there is something in place already (albeit poorly advertised)….?


Folding Biker July 31, 2010 at 1:27 am

What about those of us who normally ride a folding bike across London or use joined up journeys by bus? We’d quite like something as well!


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