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New pay-as-you-go car hire scheme set to launch in Harrow

A pay as you go car club is set to launch on Persimmon’s brand new Harrow View West development.

Two MG3 cars, operated by Co Wheels, will be the latest additions to the new housing estate to provide additional transport opportunities for residents.

The car club is funded by Persimmon Homes and managed by Co Wheels and aims to reduce urban congestion and lower emissions by renting out cars on an hourly basis. It will also save members up to £1000 a year on motoring costs and is an environmentally friendly alternative to car ownership.

Karl Endersby from Persimmon Homes said: “We are pleased to be able to offer these vehicles, in conjunction with Co Wheels, for the use by our residents and hope that they will take advantage of this alterative sustainable transport option”

Research by Co Wheels shows that car clubs have reduced car dependence with, on average, each car club car removing between 10 and 15 privately owned cars from traffic. Car club members also walk, cycle and use public transport more after joining a club.

Jonathan Collinson from Co Wheels said:Co Wheels aredelighted to be working with Persimmon Homes and encouraging people to think about making more sustainable journeys while they’re getting out and about.

“Not having access to your own car doesn’t have to limit where you can travel and who you can see. Car clubs give residents the convenience of owning a car, with none of the hassle. Most cars spend 97% of the day in a garage, on a driveway or in a car park, so having the option to hire a car for those times when you can’t use public transport or walk make it both affordable and greenest way to travel. Joining the car club in Harrow is a cost effective and realistic alternative that you can start using today”

There are car club schemes running across most major cities in Britain. Nearly 635,000 people belong to a club in England, Wales and Scotland, with more than 6,000 cars available.

Go to the Co-Wheels website for more information on membership and hire rates.