Care share hits milestone

Aberdeenshire Council’s online car sharing project has achieved a significant milestone, with the one thousandth member joining the scheme.

Started by the local authority in 2006, Car Share Aberdeenshire is open to commuters across the region and aims to reduce single-occupancy car use.

Members register their details for free and are then matched with other users travelling the same route - the more members, the greater the chance of finding someone to share with.

Research shows savings of up to £1,000 per year can be achieved by car sharing, principally through reduced fuel and maintenance costs.

There are other benefits too, such as reduced stress on the commute to work and less congestion on our roads.

Chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Peter Argyle, said: “This is a great milestone for the scheme to have achieved and shows awareness of its benefits is growing.

“I hope membership continues to expand, giving Aberdeenshire commuters more choice in how they travel as well as the option to reduce their costs.”

Vice-chair, Jill Webster, added: “We can all do our part to reduce pollution and this is a convenient, stress-free and money-saving way to help the environment.”