William Eichler 17 December 2020

Data sharing framework launched to encourage use of London car clubs

A new data sharing framework between London boroughs and car club operators has been launched to help accelerate the use of car clubs in the capital.

Published by London Councils, the Car Club Local Authority Data Standard (CLADS) is a sharing framework which will provide data related to car club use in London.

London boroughs are currently working with car club operators and Transport for London to integrate car clubs into London’s transport infrastructure. The aim is to discourage private car use and improve air quality.

However, due to inconsistencies and gaps in data collected, the use of car clubs and their potential contribution to London’s wider transport goals is not clearly understood.

CLADS, which was co-created with RAC Foundation and Imperial College London, aims to provide data sharing standards for all boroughs when it comes to understanding how car clubs work in London. This will allow councils to develop better policies with partners surrounding car clubs with the hope of improving services and increasing use across the capital.

‘Cars driven in London lead to greater levels of congestion, more carbon emissions and an increase in air pollution. Boroughs are committed to protecting the health of all Londoners and reducing private car use, which would have a hugely positive impact on London’s communities,’ said Mayor Philip Glanville, chair of London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee.

‘Car clubs could play a vital part in reducing the need to own a car, freeing up London’s congested roads and pavements. This new framework is an essential foundation for learning more about the successes of car clubs and how we can better use them to reduce the total number of vehicles on the road, change how journeys are planned and encourage the use of greener vehicles across London.

‘Boroughs are determined to help residents make more environmentally friendly choices. We would encourage people to think before using their cars for non-essential journeys and to consider walking, cycling or public transport instead.

‘The only way we can achieve a greener future for London is to start making changes now. Improvements in data sharing and collaboration through the CLADS framework will help to make car clubs a better choice for growing numbers of Londoners.’

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