Growing numbers of people are saving money on travel costs in West Sussex thanks to two County Council backed schemes.
www.westsussexcarshare.com is a free matching service for people who live, work and travel around the county.
It matches people who want to share car journeys and cut spending on travel, saving some car sharers as much as £900 a year.
Car sharing cuts the stress of driving, finding parking spaces and shelling out as much for fuel.
It cuts pollution too.
Members who sign up can list their regular journeys, or one-off trips, on the database.
The website then finds a suitable match with someone else.
About 3,850 people now use the service, with 450 new members having joined in the last year.
Members in West Sussex have shared journeys for:
- Festivals and big events
- Football matches
- Visiting friends
To join, visit www.westsussexcarshare.com
In addition, two Car Clubs operating in Chichester and Horsham have expanded this year.
Car Clubs allow the public to hire cars from on-street locations from as little as £4.50 an hour and 13p per mile.
The prices cover fuel costs and comprehensive insurance, so anyone who drives less than 8,000 miles a year will save themselves money.
For Car Club members, it is a practical alternative to the cost and hassle of owning a car.
Both clubs are run in partnership with community interest company Co-Wheels.
In Horsham, members can hire:
- a Toyota Aygo in Brighton Road;
- a Toyota Yaris hybrid in North Street, near Horsham railway station;
- a Toyota Aygo X Play in Bishopric.
Thirty-five drivers have signed up to the Horsham Car Club.
In Chichester, members can hire:
- a Toyota Aygo in East Street;
- a Toyota Yaris hybrid in West Street;
- a Hyundai i30 in Litten Terrace (to be replaced by a Toyota Yaris hybrid from October 5);
- a Hyundai i30 in Stirling Road (to be replaced by a Toyota Aygo from October 5);
Fifty-nine drivers are members of the Chichester Car Club.
To join, visit www.co-wheels.co.uk
West Sussex County Council is promoting car shares and car clubs as part of European Mobility Week.
County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, John O’Brien, said: “Traffic congestion is estimated to cost every business in West Sussex £29,000 a year.
“So innovative ideas such as the car share and car club schemes are something we’d love to see as many people as possible take up to help our busy roads, if unable to use public transport.
“If you are interested, and want to save yourself money on travel, please take a look at the websites to find out more.”