Harrogate car share

Register your journey at Harrogate Car Share to see if anyone else is going your way.

Sign up to the Harrogate Car Share scheme and you can search for any journeys you want to share, either as a driver or a passenger. This can be anything from your daily commute to a one-off trip to an event. When you find a match, you can contact them to arrange a lift.

The scheme is linked to the national LiftShare network, so you can search for journeys to and from any part of the country, saving money and fuel, and helping to cut congestion and car emissions.

Car sharers agree between themselves how to share the cost. And you do not have to own a car to sign up: you can simply search for a lift if that is what you need.

Find out more and register at Harrogate Car Share.

For business: set up a staff car share group

Businesses can set up a private group for their employees within the wider Harrogate Car Share scheme. In the Harrogate district, two large employers - Bettys and Taylors and ourselves - have already set up private car share groups for their staff.

There are many benefits to a company of having a staff group:

Workplace travel plan

Car sharing complements other measures, such as public transport. Staff who don't have access to public transport and live too far away to use active travel can benefit from car-sharing as it is more sustainable to share than to drive alone.

Reduced demand for parking spaces

Large financial benefits are possible as costs such as maintenance, insurance and security can be significantly cut with the demand parking spaces is reduced.

Reduce business miles

Company schemes can be used by staff to arrange travelling to meetings together - decreasing the related costs and environmental impact of the journey.

Staff retention

Staff are happier, finding that sharing the driving is less stressful than driving alone and getting to leave on time.

Inter-office relations

Staff from different departments often car share together, helping with inter-office relations and knowledge sharing.

Hiring new staff

It has been shown that work places with a car-share scheme are more attractive, widening the sphere of employment influence: "3,402 people in the UK were surveyed by reed.co.uk, in research that found 45% of the UK workforce would be more likely to work for an employer who offered a car-sharing scheme" (reed.co.uk, 2002).

Corporate responsibility

Car sharing can reduce the negative impacts on the environment that may be caused by the employer. This in turn can also create positive PR.

Helps decrease the size of an organisation's carbon footprint

Commuting is one of the biggest causes of pollution; helping staff to car share can significantly reduce this.

For more information about setting up a private car share group, please email development@harrogate.gov.uk.