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Co-cars car club in Truro and Falmouth

Co Cars launch Truro
Photograph by Emily Whitfield-Wicks

Car clubs fit well with the ideals of the Transition Town movement:

• Engender community cohesion through promoting shared use of resources and greater interaction with others in the community through increased use of public transport, walking and cycling.
• Help reduce carbon emissions through reduced reliance on personal car use and greater use of public transport and cycling and walking.
• Promote healthy lifestyles.
• Promote a more inclusive society through affordable access to car use in a rural area.

What is a car club?

A car club provides its members with the convenience of a car without the hassles and costs of car ownership. Members pay for a car only when they want to use one. Car clubs are aimed at occasional drivers, short trippers and families who don’t want or can’t afford the second vehicle and want to hire one for an hour or two. If you’re a local business or employer you can also benefit.

Co-cars – a new car club for Cornwall

Transition Truro and Transition Falmouth have been promoting the concept of car clubs for many years. The level of community interest shown through our involvement helped the car club operator, Co-Cars, in their bid for funding to extend their operation to Truro and Falmouth (as well as other locations in Devon).
Supported and funded by Cornwall Council, the Department for Transport, and Great Western Railways Co-cars launched cars in Truro and Falmouth in May 2017.

How does it work?

Car sharing with Co-cars is as easy as Click,Swipe and Drive.
• Join online by visitng to the Co-cars website
• Once you’re a member you can book a car 24/7 on the Co-cars website or via a smartphone using the Co-cars mobile app
• At the car, hold your smart card over the centre of the card reader (square blue/yellow panel on the front windscreen) for 5 – 10 seconds. The lights will flash and you will hear the car unlock.
• Get into the car and input your PIN code into the in-car panel keypad, located at the top of the windscreen.
• Remove the key or fob and the Co-car user guide from the glove compartment.
• It is a ‘return to base’ system. You pick-up and return the car to the specially-reserved parking bays so don’t need to find a parking space when you finish your trip.
What type of cars and where are they located?
• 4 seater Toyota Aygo based at Pydar Street car park, Truro.
• 5 seater Toyota Yaris (hybrid) based at Truro Station, at Falmouth Town station and at Waterside House in Penryn
• Co-cars operate in Devon, Dorset and Wiltshire as well as now Cornwall. Members can use any of the Co-cars vehicles. With cars now located at many railway stations people can connect their train journey with a station-based ‘hire by the hour’ car.
• Co-cars also operates the new Co-bikes the UK’s first on-street electric bike hire network in Exeter. See Co-bikes website

Promotion at Parklive, Falmouth

Pricing

Individual and household membership costs £25 per year. There are two pricing options for businesses.
Each hire costs from £3.75 per hour, plus 18p per mile. There are discounts for daily hire.
Fuel, insurance, tax, maintenance and emergency cover are all included so there are no hidden costs.

How to find out more and join

For the full table of rates, to find out more, or to apply for membership, please refer to the Co-cars website, call 0345 345 2544 or email drive@co-cars.co.uk