Sustainable travel

Car clubs

What is a car club?

A car club is a membership scheme that offers people use of a car on a pay-as-you-go basis.

The scheme saves you the additional costs and inconvenience of owning or using your own car, and means that you have easy access to a car for those accessional journeys when you need one.

We have teamed up with four car club operators – Enterprise Car Club, Co-wheels, Matcha (Ubeeqo) and Zipcar - to provide cars in dedicated bays all over the borough, so that car club members are close enough to walk to one easily.

Benefits of using a car club

Membership of a car club is not suitable for all people, but if you do not use a car very often it can be an attractive alternative to car ownership, or to having a second car in the household. Car Club members tend to drive only when they really need to – much less than car owners – so having a club in the borough can help cut car use overall.

Read more about the benefits of using a car club (Carplus website).

Car clubs and on-street parking

When new car club bays are introduced some residents might be concerned about "losing" an on-street parking space to the car club, but research shows that car clubs lead to there being fewer cars parked in the local area. For more information, view Carplus annual survey of car clubs (Carplus website).

This is because some people who join the club will do so in preference to private car ownership. In some cases this means they sell an existing vehicle while in others they may defer purchase of a car they would otherwise have bought. Every single car club space is really a parking space that is used by several residents rather than just one.

Car club bay locations

Members of the car club need to know precisely where the car is for them to be able to pick it up and drive away.

They also need to be assured that the space is available for them to return the car so that the next user can find it.

Because the cars in the club are available 24 hours a day, the bays in which they are situated must also be available at all times for the sole use of the car club. As a result, if you park your own vehicle in a car club bay at any time, you will be liable to receive a Penalty Charge Notice.

Locations and how to join

Our on-street car club bays are growing in number all the time. For up-to-date locations and details of membership rates and how to join, visit the websites of the operators below.

Further information

Contact us to find out more, to let us know if you'd be interested in having a car near you, or if you have any concerns about an existing or new car club bay.

Alternatively, the charity Carplus also provides information and an overview of other car club operators and their locations.