Car sharing ‘can cut congestion’

People in the UK are willing to share car journeys in order to cut congestion and reduce carbon emissions, new research indicates.

The Department for Transport found that six out of ten (61 per cent) motorists have travelled with somebody else in the past month.

However, it added that only one per cent formally arranged shared trips in conjunction with their employer or other group.

Transport minister Rosie Winterton commented that firms should look into such schemes in order to cut congestion and emissions, as well as providing convenience for workers.

She added: "Car sharing helps reduce congestion, tackle pollution and carbon emissions and importantly, cut the costs of travelling [but]it highlights that formal schemes run by employers are still in a small minority."

Motor Trader states that Paul Everitt, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, has commented that CO2 emissions in UK-produced vehicles have fallen 41.7 per cent in the last five years.


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