In 2015 Carplus commissioned Ansons Consulting to conduct a study to help determine whether there was scope for a car club to operate successfully in one or a number of communities in Fife, Scotland. A core aim of the study was to carry out a variety of research to identify the potential for Fife Council, other organisations and members of the community to benefit from gaining access to car club vehicles.
The feasibility study concluded that setting up and operating a car club in specific locations in Fife could help satisfy latent demand for car club vehicles from a range of public and private-sector organisations as well as local residents. Doing so is likely to contribute towards improved mobility, better air quality, greater uptake of low emission and ultra-low emission vehicles and greater efficiency, and should help generate significant cost and carbon savings for the Council.
Carplus is a not-for-profit, environmental transport NGO that promotes accessible and low-carbon alternatives to traditional car use in the UK. This feasibility study was funded through the Transport Scotland funded Developing Car Clubs in Scotland (DCCS) programmed, managed by Carplus.