York City Council adopts Enterprise car sharing scheme

york minster, photo: David Dixon, geograph.org.ukYork City Council has introduced a car-sharing scheme using Enterprise Rent-A-Car?s hourly car rental car share service.

The Council is initially making five vehicles, based at its main EcoDepot site at Hazel Court in York, available to around 170 employees already signed up to the scheme. However, it plans to expand this to 25 cars when the entire staff moves into a new central headquarters later this year.

The vehicles will be primarily used for frequent, short journeys such as site visits, surveys and inspections, where employees would previously have used their own cars and reclaimed mileage at ?0.45 per mile. Around 20% of the Council?s 5,000 staff currently use their own cars for work journeys.

Geoff Derham, head of waste and fleet services at York City Council, said: ?We decided to adopt Enterprise?s car sharing programme after speaking with existing users. As the company is already part of the government procurement framework for transport it helped us to avoid a lengthy and expensive procurement process.

?We intend to make hourly rental the primary form of transport for our employees in York wherever appropriate. Having fewer cars, used by more employees and at one fixed monthly fee, will mean that business journeys will cost less per mile.

?There are also significant sustainability considerations. We have no influence over the CO2 emissions from employees’ own cars, many of which will be several years old and larger than they need to be for the journey in question. The Enterprise cars we are using will be smaller vehicles under a year old so we will benefit from the most fuel-efficient technologies from day one, plus we will be able to track and minimise them over time. This will help us reduce the carbon footprint of our business travel.?

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