Council funded car hire scheme is a hit in Horsham

Horsham Co-Wheels, a car hire scheme funded by West Sussex County Council, has proved popular with Horsham residents - picture by West Sussex County Council
Horsham Co-Wheels, a car hire scheme funded by West Sussex County Council, has proved popular with Horsham residents - picture by West Sussex County Council

A car club in Horsham is growing in popularity among residents looking for cheaper ways of getting around.

Horsham Co-Wheels – a scheme funded by West Sussex County Council - was launched in the town in June and is a practical alternative to the cost and hassle of owning a car.

Residents or businesses can hire one of two brand new cars, either a Toyota Yaris parked in Brighton Road, or a Toyota Aygo parked in North Street, near Horsham railway station.

Prices start at £3.75 per hour, plus a 13p mileage rate – with special rates for overnight or 24-hour hire.

The prices cover fuel costs and comprehensive insurance, so anyone who drives less than 8,000 miles a year will save themselves money.

Twenty-nine residents have joined the scheme already.

A third car will join the fleet in early 2015 and will be parked in Bishopric.

Teacher Robert Mayfield, of Horsham, uses the scheme for family visits and medical appointments.

He said: “I needed to sell my car, and it seemed to be a cost effective way of getting around, rather than relying on public transport.

“I am now no longer responsible for a car that in the end sits out in the street, costing me in the region of a thousand pounds a year, which is a good start.

“At the moment the co-wheels car is used on the basis of as and when.

“I have only been using the cars since July, so for the moment I would say I am saving at least £60 a month.

“The bank balance is feeling the effect!”

County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, Pieter Montyn, said: “Horsham Co-Wheels is part of a wider package of measures which have been introduced to promote sustainable travel in the town.

“It supports economic growth and reduces carbon emissions.

“Car clubs provide a cheaper, greener and more convenient alternative to owning a car and we want more people to using the scheme so it can continue to expand.”

To find out more, visit www.co-wheels.org.uk