Schemes launched to cut vehicle ownership dubbed ‘anti-car’ by drivers – what are they?

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In December, transport minister Trudy Harrison said she wanted to end the culture of car ownership and instead move towards making shared mobility the norm. She supports a system that is “fit for the future” and to move away from “20th century thinking centred around private vehicle ownership”.

A system of shared mobility would include the promotion of bike share schemes, car clubs, shared rides, e-scooters and demand responsive transport.

The MP for Copeland in Cumbria told delegates at the Collaborative Mobility UK (CoMoUK) annual shared transport conference, it was “staggering” that nearly two-thirds of car trips are taken by lone drivers.

She also said “mobility hubs” could become a familiar part of our street architecture.

While many drivers were angry at the proposals, there are already a number of initiatives up and running which aim to cut down on the usage of private cars.

A scheme which is set to launch in early 2022 is the Possible Project in Bristol.

This project aims to pay drivers to leave their cars at home for four weeks, with organisers looking to challenge driving habits.

They are inviting motorists to sign up and take part, pledging to pay whatever the costs are for journeys not taken by private car.

This is set to include taxi and Uber costs, e-scooter rental, car club hire and bus fares.

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Participants will also receive a fee for taking part, as long as they promise to log every journey they make, how they made it and whether or not they would have gone in the car to make it.

The scheme is being run to challenge people not to make unnecessary car trips and lower pollution rates in the city.

Bristol is also planning to launch a clean air zone in the summer which will look to charge vehicles which produce large amounts of emissions.

Another scheme was launched in February 2021 in Coventry and paid up to £3,000 per year in public transport tokens if drivers ditched their petrol and diesel cars.

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