New car sharing club trial is launched in Oxford

Hiyacar co-founder Graeme Risby with Emily Kerr who set up the UK's first neighbourhood closed loop trusted car share group in East Oxford
Hiyacar co-founder Graeme Risby with Emily Kerr who set up the UK's first neighbourhood closed loop trusted car share group in East Oxford

A car club is being trialled offering motorists the chance to pick up vehicles without needing to wait for the keys to be handed over.

The 12-month car club trial offers eight vehicles supplied by Hiyacar.

The Hiyacar free app gives access to 'closed loop' car sharing networks of trusted friends and neighbours.

And the company's keyless car-access technology means the vehicles can be hired without needing to wait to get the keys.

The vehicles can be hired for £30 a day and Hiyacar offers car sharing insurance.

The car club cars are spread across Oxford and are on Cripley Road, Cranham Street, Western Road, Aston Street, Walton Well Road, Leckford Road, Rymers Lane and Belvedere Road.

Author Emily Kerr, founder of ShareOurCars.com, a car-sharing advocacy organisation, set up the UK's first neighbourhood closed loop trusted car share group in East Oxford in collaboration with Hiyacar in 2021.

And the company has been involved in setting up an increasing number of closed loop car sharing networks in Oxfordshire recently, as well as having launched a car club in Thame and Haddenham.

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CEO and co-founder of Hiyacar Graeme Risby said: “Hiyacar is incredibly excited to be launching this car club in Oxfordshire, and to be bringing affordable sustainable transport options to Oxfordshire drivers.”

The new trial was welcomed by Oxfordshire County Council.

Councillor Duncan Enright, cabinet member for Travel and Development Strategy, said: “Car clubs can play an important role in reducing overall car ownership while still offering residents the convenience of being able to make a journey when they need to.

"We are pleased to be able to support these schemes in Oxfordshire and believe they will prove popular with residents as an extra option alongside active travel and public transport.”

 

 

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This story was written by Miranda Norris, she joined the team in 2021 and covers news across Oxfordshire as well as news from Witney.

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