West Yorkshire Combined Authority expands regional car club services for businesses
The group of local councils already uses City Car Club to run services in the Leeds, Kirklees and York districts and the expanded deal, which follows a competitive tender process, sees City Car Club also appointed as its official and sole car club partner across Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, Wakefield and York.
The expanded contract means around 100 City Car Club vehicles will now be available in bays across West Yorkshire and York.
The contract is intended to bring increased convenience for businesses, with many City Car Club vehicles located close to transport hubs such as rail and bus stations.
The contract also offers cost savings. Annual MCard holders can use their transport smartcard to hire and access City Car Club vehicles for £1 (saving them £59) as well as for virtually unlimited bus and rail travel in West Yorkshire. Annual membership of City Car Club, which is normally £60, is £1 in the first year for Annual MCard holders.
And the agreement will also encourage the use of sustainable vehicles, with 20 of the 100 vehicles expected to be hybrids while another five – one in Bradford, two in Leeds and two in York – will be electric vehicles.
Cllr Keith Wakefield, chair of West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Transport Committee, said: “We look forward to continuing our work with City Car Club to develop this cost-effective, environmentally-friendly and hassle-free alternative to car ownership that works so well alongside public transport. The Club is a way of supporting individuals and businesses who do not want to get into car ownership and the associated costs of insurance and maintenance etc. and which allows them to continue to use public transport or walking.”