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Gloucestershire council tackles road risk and emissions with staff car club

Tewkesbury Borough Council has cut both costs and carbon emissions while replacing the grey fleet through the introduction of a car club.

L-R: Kailesh Parbat of Enterprise and Rob Weaver of Tewkesbury Borough Council

The scheme – run by Enterprise Car Club – provides a fleet of six Enterprise Car Club vehicles including two low-emission Ford Fiestas and four hybrid vehicles: a Kia Niro, a Toyota Prius and two Toyota Yaris models.

All six cars are bookable by the hour or day by council employees and are being used to replace the grey fleet while also forming part of a broader change in the council’s travel policy, designed to drive efficiencies and carbon savings; the council estimates that it will make annual carbon savings of around 8.6 tonnes a year.

Employees now log their journeys on the Enterprise Travel Direct platform before making a journey to assess which form of travel is most suitable to their needs – and whether the trip is even required at all. The platform also provides data on business travel that can be analysed to help identify further efficiencies.

Rob Weaver, deputy chief executive of Tewkesbury Borough Council, said: “Working with Enterprise to design our new travel strategy is already helping to cut costs, make employee business travel more efficient and improve our sustainability performance.

“Enterprise understood exactly what we’re trying to achieve and has been innovative in providing solutions that make our business travel better, even to the extent of questioning when a trip may not be necessary. We are tracking the data and hope to report on significant savings in the coming year.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.