Car sharing scheme helps county council to scoop award

PUBLISHED: 17:21 29 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:24 10 June 2010

Tuesday, July 29 - A DEVON-wide car share scheme has won a prize for its work in attracting new members.

A DEVON-wide car share scheme has won a prize for its work in attracting new members.

CARSHAREDEVON.COM has been awarded the National Liftshare Day Challenge public group after the car share scheme last month boosted its membership

A promotional competition was held to celebrate National Liftshare day on June 9 and the national challenge was for as many people as possible to sign up to public group schemes between June 1-10.

Carsharedevon, run by Devon County Council TravelWise, in partnership with Plymouth and Torbay Councils, signed up 235 people over the 10 days, putting it ahead of its nearest rivals Cambridgeshire, which attracted 201, and South East Scotland, which attracted 182.

June as a whole was a record month with 520 people registering, four times the average monthly number of registrations and way above the same time last year when 183 people registered.

High fuel costs are thought to be one of the main reasons contributing to the website's increase in popularity. In May this year, 134 people signed up compared with 77 in May 2007, and April 2008 saw 115 new registrations compared with 89 last year.

Councillor Margaret Rogers, Devon County Council executive member for environment, said: "Carsharedevon continues to grow which is a great achievement for all concerned, and it shows that more and more people across the county want to reduce their carbon footprint. Car sharing is a simple idea but it is proving very effective in tackling congestion and reducing emissions - not to mention saving money. With the rising cost of fuel, people can make considerable savings and help make Devon even greener by sharing their journey with other people."

As well as those who registered last month, another 3,434 people visited the Carsharedevon website over the 10 days of the campaign in June - all raising awareness of the scheme.

Carsharedevon.com currently has 5,617 members.

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