Car clubs in Scotland are changing the way people travel

New Carplus Annual Survey report shows strong growth in Scottish car club membership, driving the cleanest, greenest vehicles in the UK

Over 11,000 people in Scotland share 332 cars – and their behaviour has a positive impact on air quality and their carbon footprint as well as congestion. Scottish car club members have saved over 1,600 tonnes of CO2, contributing to meeting Scotland’s targets for carbon emissions.

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Welcoming the publication of the 2016-17 Carplus Annual Survey of Car Clubs in Scotland, Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said:

“I’m delighted to see that people in Scotland are using innovative ways of travelling, changing the way they get about and making electric and hydrogen vehicles part of their travel options.

“This report demonstrates the growth and innovation in car clubs and shows that in Scotland we are moving towards a cleaner, sustainable future.”

The car club fleet is now over 20% electric, including hydrogen powered electric vehicles, with less than 6% diesel – so as well as car club members driving over 500 miles fewer than the national average, when they drive they use the cleanest low emission vehicles.

Carplus Bikeplus has been collating data on car club membership for 10 years. The organisation has documented the growth in car club membership and the number of cars removed from the roads.

Improving Air Quality 2017 Scotland Infographic

Further information

Car club cars are available 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week. After joining members can book them on line or through an app and pay for the amount of time they use them.

About the Carplus Annual Survey

The Carplus Annual Survey reports are the most comprehensive datasets collected across the car club sector on an annual basis for the past ten years. They provide a comprehensive, robust and impartial evidence base on which policy and funding priorities can be based.

This year’s report presents data and analysis on the usage and impacts of flexible and one-way car club operators in London as well as data from round-trip operators across the UK.

The Carplus Annual Survey for Scotland is available online at

Car clubs in the UK

  • There are over 245,000 car club members with more than 4,000 vehicles in the UK.
  • Car club members walk, cycle and use public transport more than the national average.
  • Car clubs provide alternatives to car ownership, reducing the number of cars on the roads.

About Carplus and Bikeplus

Carplus Bikeplus is an independent environmental transport charity working for accessible shared mobility, including car clubs, bike sharing and 2+ car sharing.

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