The Mearns Commonwheels Car Club was officially launched on Monday at The Venue on Laurencekirk’s High Street. The Car Club offers Mearns residents an alternative approach to car use by offering the availability of three cars for hire. Two cars will be based in Laurencekirk and one in Inverbervie. The initiative is ideally suited to people who currently or have previously owned cars but find they only use them occasionally yet are required to keep up with payments for road tax, fuel, insurance, services and MOTs as well as losing money through depreciation.
The Car Club is being operated locally by the Mearns Area Partnership who have taken on the franchise from the national Car Club social enterprise Commonwheels, and will run along side its existing community transport project, Mearns Community Transport. The cars are available to hire by the hour and are fitted with the latest technology allowing members to book a car either online or by phone with just minutes notice 24 hours a day.
The cars can be hired for as little as half an hour and provide a unique resource for the rural areas residents who would normally have to travel much further to access car hire. MAP Development Worker Tony Archer said: “If you drive less than 6-8,000 miles per year then a car club could save you up to £3,500 a year.”