Car Sharing

Transport written question – answered on 19th April 2006.

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Photo of Stewart Jackson Stewart Jackson Conservative, Peterborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) financial and (b) other measures he is taking to promote car sharing; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Stephen Ladyman Stephen Ladyman Minister of State, Department for Transport

The Government encourages local authorities to promote car sharing through a range of initiatives, including:

Spending over £100 million to 2008 on the Travelling to School Initiative;

Spending £10 million over five years on the Sustainable Travel Towns Initiative;

Researching and disseminating publications such as "Making car sharing and car clubs work" and "Making Smarter Choices Work"; and

Encouraging the inclusion of car sharing and car club schemes in the Local Transport Plans that local authorities submitted on 31 March this year.

It is not possible however to disaggregate from these projects the amount spent specifically on car sharing.

Through the Highways Agency, the Government are also taking direct measures to encourage and facilitate car sharing. This includes implementing workplace travel plans on the strategic road network and piloting the use of dedicated car share lanes.

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