Co-wheels, the UK’s only independent national car club operator, is launching its car sharing service on the Isle of Wight with the aim of giving visitors, local businesses and residents access to an affordable, flexible and hassle-free transport option for getting around the Island.
Car club usage is growing rapidly across the UK – over the past 5 years, there has been a sustained growth in car club membership as more people see the benefits and cost saving of not owning their own car. Co-wheels currently has over 14,000 drivers who have access to more than 500 vehicles in 60 locations across the UK.
The new Isle of Wight fleet launching at the beginning of October marks an exciting development, with vehicles being available in key locations across the island including Ryde, Cowes, Newport and Yarmouth. The launch of the car club on the Isle of Wight has been funded by the Department for Transport’s Developing Car Clubs in England programme, administered by Carplus.
After joining the car club, members receive a smartcard, allowing them to book online and have keyless access the cars, which are parked in car parks at convenient locations near transport hubs. The high specification hybrid and low emission cars can be booked for short periods – from half an hour – or for days at a time at discounted rates. Hire is from £4.50 per hour, plus a small mileage fee.
To promote the new service on the Island, Co-wheels is offering residents and visitors to the island the chance to join the car club and use the new vehicles with a discounted one-off membership fee of £10, with an additional of £20 driving credit. The special offer is only available until the end of September, and can be accessed by visiting www.co-wheels.org.uk/iow.
Richard Falconer, Managing Director of Co-wheels said:
“We are excited to launch Co-wheels on the Isle of Wight. As both the UK’s largest and only independent car club, we already successfully operate our car sharing scheme in several key locations across the UK, including areas with a good mix of resident, business and tourist users as the island has. Our aim is to bring to the Isle of Wight a viable, affordable and sustainable transport option which can be used by everyone.”
Isle of Wight Council Executive member for economic sustainability and development, Councillor Ian Stephens, said:
“I am delighted that following the council securing Department for Transport funding to progress the car club scheme, we are now in a position to welcome Co-Wheels to the Island.
“Developing and improving access to more sustainable car use is a key priority in growing our green economy and making the Island a better place to live. Car clubs can offer residents the benefits of convenience, saving money and reduces the Island’s carbon footprint at the same time.”