Harrogate launches hybrid car-share scheme to improve air quality

Bookings start from £5.50 for one hour with insurance, cleaning, servicing and refuelling included

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A fleet of nine new hybrid cars is now available in Harrogate town centre for pay-as-you-go hire around the town for as little as 30-minutes up to full days.

Harrogate Borough Council has partnered with Co-wheels to create a car club in a bid to curb carbon dioxide emissions and improve air quality.

The vehicles don’t operate with keys as members are provided with a smartcard to access the car and booking start from as little as £5.50 for one hour with insurance, cleaning, servicing and refuelling costs included.

Councillor Phil Ireland, Harrogate Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, said: “We have ambitious plans to improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions across the district. One way to support this is by encouraging people to reduce the number of cars in their household as well as the dependency of owning a car.

“Partnering with Co-wheels to run a car club scheme across the Harrogate district will give people the confidence to do this and will complement walking, cycling and public transport use.”

Harrogate Borough Council has committed to becoming carbon-neutral by 2038.