Monday 22 February 2010 8.24pm
If Sthk were serious about reducing cars, they could run a car club that doesn't charge exhorbitant prices (for, e.g. the odd week or weekend hire).
It costs a lot to insure even an old banger round here. And then it needs servicing, taxing, MOT, etc. We had an old car when we moved here, and we just hung on to it through apathy for a few years. Eventually, we worked out that the cost of keeping the car for a year would more than cover the cost of hiring one for the odd weekends and holidays out of town (maybe a couple of weeks, and say half a dozen long weekends a year). It's a lot less hassle, and we get to drive a different car every time we drive. If we're carting a lot of stuff we can hire a big car; otherwise, we can hire a cheap small car. And I don't feel guilty if we take the odd black cab as a treat. I'm not paying for an unused car to sit outside our flat.
I'm sure there are plenty of people who keep a car in SE1 but only use it sporadically, and for longer trips. Current car club pricing is prohibitive for rentals of a weekend or longer, but I do think there's room for a profitable car club that can offer longer rentals for a competitive price. And I think that if someone did this, they would present a viable alternative to owning a car for a significant number of SE1ers
...if you press it, they will come.