Co-wheels car club launches on the Isle of Wight
Co-wheels car club has launched on the Isle of Wight, providing visitors and residents access to hybrid and low emission cars at key locations across the island
The vehicles will be available at various key locations, transport hubs and visitor hotspots across the island, including Ryde, Cowes, Newport, Freshwater and Sandown.
After joining the car club, members receive a smartcard, allowing them to book online and have keyless access the cars. The high specification hybrid and low emission cars can be booked for short periods – from half an hour - or for days at a time at discounted rates. Hire is from £4.50 per hour or £31.50 per day, plus a small mileage fee of 15p per mile.
A special introductory offer is open to all residents and visitors to the Isle of Wight who join before the end of the October, with a discounted one-off membership fee of £10, plus £20 driving credit. The offer can be claimed at www.co-wheels.org.uk/iow
The Isle of Wight is the latest launch destination for car share club Co-wheels, a national social enterprise independent car club whose 14,000 drivers have access to 500 hybrid and low emission cars across 60 locations in the UK.
The car club implementation on the Isle of Wight has been funded by the Department for Transport’s Developing Car Clubs in England programme, administered by Carplus and is supported by the Isle of Wight Council.
Car sharing in the UK is increasing year on year as more people recognise the benefits and economic value of not owning their own car. Richard Falconer, Managing Director of Co-wheels said, “We are delighted to be chosen to deliver the car club operation on the Isle of Wight. This is an exciting opportunity to provide a convenient, sustainable and affordable way to travel around the island with a scheme that works for everyone.
"Co-wheels has already established relationships with local organisations, and we are keen to work with businesses and community groups to demonstrate the benefits of using the new car club. We have parked cars in dedicated bays close to ferry ports, and will be working with travel operators to encourage visitors to travel on foot, pick up a car, and explore less accessible areas.”
The launch of Co-wheels on the island was held on Thursday 13 October at Quay Arts in Newport. Local businesses, and supporters of sustainable transport attended the event.
Isle of Wight Council Executive member for economic sustainability and development, Councillor Ian Stephens welcomed the car club to the island and said, “I am delighted to welcome Co-wheels scheme to the Isle of Wight and thanks are due to the Department for Transport funding through which the Isle of Wight Council are able to support this scheme.
"Environmental sustainability, reducing carbon emissions and car congestion, at the same time as enabling access to travel are important long term aims for the council. Partnership working such as this is a great example of changing culture, recognising socio-economic challenges and providing opportunities for the Island, which is ideally suited for this type of scheme. The Co-wheels car club will help residents, visitors and commuters to reduce their reliance on their own vehicles and think about different ways of travelling sustainably. On behalf of the council, I wish the Co-wheels success in the launch of the car club on the Island.”