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Thurrock Council is considering the introduction of ‘car clubs’ as part of their new Parking Policy and Strategy for 2021. The car clubs will work by providing members access to cars on a short term rental basis instead of owning a vehicle.

Cars can be booked online or by phone and then unlocked from a designated bay in the local neighbourhood.

According to Thurrock Council, the scheme will introduce a range of benefits for owners including savings on fuel, MOT and servicing costs.

The project is also set to help the Council meet its environmental commitments with the scheme set to emit 20 percent less CO2 per kilometre.

They said: “A car club offers the convenience of being able to use a car for trips that cannot easily be made by public transport, cycling or walking.

“Car clubs provide access to a car without the need to own one and members consequently benefit from cost savings in terms of car tax, fuel, MOT, car servicing etc.

“Car club cars are more environmentally friendly, emitting over 20 percent less CO2 per kilometre than the average car, as they are used more efficiently.

“It is estimated that one car club car replaces over 20 private cars, helping to reduce congestion and free up parking spaces.”

Thurrock Council says car club bays will be intended close to railway stations or public transport hubs.

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The Council says major retail car parks will also hold car clubs in a bid to boost demand for the scheme.

It is expected the bays will be introduced and installed within the next five years.

Thurrock Council said large housing developments will also be involved in the introduction of the schemes.

Projects will be required to provide a minimum of two car club vehicles for estates which provide at least 50 parking spaces.

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