Portsmouth City Council to launch new car club in July 2023

Posted: 20 March 2023 | | No comments yet

In order to reduce car ownership and air pollution in the city, Portsmouth City Council’s new partnership will see the launch of a car club scheme in selected wards of the region in summer 2023.

Portsmouth City Council to launch new car club in July 2023

Portsmouth City Council has announced that it has partnered with Enterprise Car Club to launch a new car club scheme in Central Southsea, Eastney and Craneswater, St Jude and St Thomas wards in Summer 2023, with two car club cars to be introduced in Lakeside in the North of the city.

By joining Enterprise car club, Portsmouth’s residents will be able to unlock cars with their phone and rent them by the hour or day. For those without a smart phone, a customer services team will be on hand to ensure that they can enjoy the many benefits of a car club.

In order to make the car club a success, locations have been chosen where the highest number of people said that they are likely to join the club if it is offered near them in a 2021 survey. It is expected that two cars will be available in each area when the scheme launches, and if successful both the number of cars available and areas of the city could be part of an expansion in the coming years.

According to Portsmouth City Council, car clubs provide an affordable option for people who need to drive somewhere, with members only paying for a vehicle when they need it. All vehicles come with an MOT, insurance, breakdown cover and cleaning.

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The initial membership fee for Portsmouth residents will be £20 a year and this comes with a free £20 driving credit. The standard membership fee will then be £60 a year. The hire fee for vehicles starts at £6.70 per hour and there are a variety of payment options to choose from.

Councillor Lynne Stagg, Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation, said: “I am incredibly excited to be bringing affordable transport options to Portsmouth drivers. I hope that the car club will help reduce car ownership in Portsmouth, while still offering residents the convenience of being able to make a journey when they need to. This is a key step in making travel in Portsmouth greener, alongside making it easier for people to walk, cycle, catch public transport and hire bikes and rental e-scooters.”

Dan Gursel, Managing Director of Enterprise Car Club, said: “We are delighted to partner with Portsmouth City Council to deliver a new sustainable travel option for residents and visitors. Our car club service helps reduce air pollution and once someone becomes a member, they have access to our complete network of around 1,500 vehicles in more than 220 towns, cities and communities across the UK. This means they can enjoy hassle-free motoring not only in Portsmouth but also when travelling elsewhere in the country. Membership also gives access to discounted hires from Enterprise rental branches.”