Issued: 20 March 2002
Share-A-Journey In Angus
ANGUS Council is pioneering an online corporate car sharing initiative in Angus.
The council has subscribed to Shareajourney.com, an internet based car-sharing service, and hopes to encourage other large local employers to sign up and reduce unnecessary car journeys by employees.
The Council’s corporate membership extends to 2000 members and the Council’s Policy & Resources Vice Convener Bill Middleton said he hoped other employers would take advantage of the free trial offer being promoted by Angus Council.
"Car sharing is an ideal way to cut down on travel costs and at the same time make a tangible contribution to the protection of the environment," said Councillor Middleton. "It could also widen the travel choices for daily commuters which is especially important for those in our rural communities.
"The council has been looking into ways of reducing single occupancy car journeys in Angus and is already running a car-sharing scheme for employees. The internet facility offered by Shareajourney.com is easy to use and quickly connects people to others travelling the same route at the same time. We hope this new online scheme will encourage more council employees and people in other companies and organisations to take part."
The Angus Local Transport Strategy identified that nearly 60% of travel to work journeys by Angus residents is by car. Car ownership in Angus as a whole is above the Scottish average with high levels of car ownership and car dependence in many rural areas.
Councillor Middleton went on to say:
"There is no argument that cars are invaluable, in rural areas particularly, but if we are serious about protecting our environment we have at least to explore some alternatives to the ever increasing numbers of single occupancy journeys being carried out.
"This could help to reduce the volume of traffic on our roads and as a result reduce emissions. The more people who sign up the greater the chance of members finding a match for their journeys, so I'd encourage other local companies to get in touch with the council to find out exactly how they can get involved."
Anyone interested in finding out more about how the scheme operates is asked to call 01307 473573.