1. Encourage the Councils to become corporate members of a car club scheme, and cut completely the payment to staff for ‘grey fleet’ use of personal private cars on Council business.

    First the car club cars will,be 1) no older then a couple of years old 2) low emission, hybrid or even battery (car club fleets are approaching 90% below the £0 VED rating) 3) with a known provenance in terms of vehicle condition and maintenance (fulfilling a clear H&S requirement for the Council in delivery of their Duty of Care) 4) with a full audit of use (date, times, mileages, driver) 5) offer a staff benefit in kind of personal membership of the car club, potentially delivering the opportunity for an employee to unlock a boost to their annual disposable income of £2000-£3000/year through giving up car ownership.

    Second the low emission fleet has lower fuel consumption, and lower running costs – as a comparative detail my last 2 day car hire at public rates cost, all inclusive (VAT,Fuel etc), £23.75p/mile. Corporate deals will be even cheaper, and case studies (Aberdeen, Dumfries &c) by the Energy Saving Trust highlight the figures. Indications are that a Council could cut their mileage payments bill by around 30% if they fully apply the change and cease to pay mileage rates for personal car use. At a stroke the Council has also cut its carbon footprint.

    Corporate car club vehicle use boosts the number of cars available for evening and weekend use by private car club members, which has been the key to the success of Edinburgh’s City Car Club, the UK’s first, and outside London, the biggest.

    The car club deal should be integrated into a total transport portfolio – bike hire and bus/rail bulk purchase (Oyster/ITSO etc), so that for local trips bikes, taxis or buses replace personal car use at work. Bikes are especially useful as they deliver a high level of service (instantly ready to roll and door to door), chosen by one University to fill this need rather than a 7 figure cost for providing a frequent minibus shuttle between sites distributed across east London and Kent.

    Finally just observe the success of cycle logistics – moving the 90% of packages delivered in a city which weigh under 30Kg and are easily shipped by cycle. In NL 10% of DHL fleet are cycles, and 33 cargo bikes have directly replaced 33 vans – saving €430,000/yr in cost and cutting out 153 Tonnes/yr of emissions. Remember too that cycle logistics delivers the potential to employ young people in that first job, with no call to have a driving licence or onerous academic qualifications.

    London Boroughs can, through well considered procurement policy deliver some dramatic and beneficial changes, if there is the political will to press this forward. Now when are your local elections?

    4th May 2014
    • Tom Chance said:

      Thanks, that’s great. Roll on the vote on the 22nd May…

      7th May 2014
  2. Steve P said:

    Very interesting! Can I ask where you got the pollution data from and if there are vector files available?

    31st May 2014
    • Tom Chance said:

      The pollution maps are from http://www.howpollutedismyroad.org.uk, a web site I built in my day job. If you go to any of the different pages you’ll find links through to the LAEI data which includes vector files.

      2nd June 2014

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