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Promote car clubs to cut London pollution, says new report

The Mayor of London is being urged to make car club spaces compulsory in new builds and incentivise the use of such schemes as part of a holistic approach to improving air quality.

Boroughs including Hammersmith and Fulham already run Bolloré's BlueCity car sharing

Carclubs are said to take 13.4 vehicles off the road

The call comes from London Assembly member Keith Prince who said more spaces would allow A-to-B journeys and could reduce congestion as he cited evidence showing that every car club car in existence takes 13.4 vehicles off the road and claimed the travel method could be the answer to reducing the number of cars in the capital.

The report from the GLA Conservatives also proposed a scrappage scheme offering drivers car club vouchers worth several times more than the value of their vehicle to encourage them to part with their car.

Report author and London Assembly member Keith Prince said: “So far, Sadiq Khan has used punitive measures to try and dissuade people from using cars. Incentives like the scrappage scheme and increased availability of car clubs must also form part of the package if London’s congestion and air quality is going to be improved.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006.