There are now 100 car-sharing vehicles across the Brighton and Hove used by more than 3,000 people.
Since its launch in 2003, City Car Club has been credited with helping the city reduce congestion and air pollution, and making it one of the least car-dependent cities in the country.
Research by Carplus, the UK’s regulatory body for car clubs, found that for every car club vehicle in operation in Brighton & Hove, five private vehicles are taken off the road.
In 2014, the presence of City Car Club’s low-emission and hybrid vehicles also saved in excess of 60 tonnes of CO2. This is due to the scheme encouraging residents to walk, cycle and use public transport for shorter journeys and use their environmentally friendly vehicles when travel by car is the only option.
Councillor Ian Davey, Brighton & Hove City Council’s lead member for transport, said: “The scheme delivered by City Car Club has played an important role in engaging residents and promoting the use of alternative forms of transport.
“More and more people continue to realise that their approach to motoring is a much cheaper alternative and one that is able to demonstrate impressive environmental benefits.”
James Finlayson, Managing Director of City Car Club, said: “We’re really proud of what has been achieved while working in collaboration with Brighton & Hove City Council.
“The fact that Brighton & Hove has become England’s largest car club operation outside of London is a real milestone.
“With 100 cars and vans across the city, residents are able to benefit from more immediate access to the car club. It is showing dividends, particularly in light of the city being recognised as one of the least car-dependent in the country.”
In celebration of this achievement, City Car Club has set up an initiative to encourage more residents to use the scheme and experience the benefits for themselves.
New members will be able to claim £30 worth of free drive time by simply quoting BCC371 when they fill out the online application form.
The hope is that as more people use the scheme it will further strengthen sustainable transport options within the city and continue to alleviate pressures surrounding parking, air pollution and congestion.