Car pooling was developed in Switzerland, Germany and the Netherland in the early 1990's. The schemes are typically run by private organisations (often car hire companies). Members have access to a local pool of cars which they can reserve by telephone. The car can be delivered or is ready to be picked up from the car pool (sited very near the member's home address). Members pay a joining fee and then are charged on use only (defined by mileage or time). Car pooling is designed to reduce overall car use, reduce pressure on residential parking space and increase use of public transport/bike/walk for trips. The research examines whether such schemes would be feasible in the UK and how they should operate. The detailed objectives of the research are to: (1) look at operational feasibility of a scheme's a) potential demand and b) financial viability; (2) research whether car pooling could be successfully implemented in the UK and define the nature of such car pooling schemes; (3) look at likely geographical areas where such schemes might successfully operate; (4) the potential take-up of such schemes; (5) the characteristics of likely users; (6) define the role the DoT would need to take as enabler/promoter, etc..; and (7) consider whether further support from local authorities or government to promote or facilitate schemes might be required. The paper presents the results of this research. For the covering abstract, see IRRD 898930.


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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 49-64
  • Serial:
    • Volume: P413

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  • Accession Number: 00752389
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 0-86050-303-8
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Sep 18 1998 12:00AM