Norfolk Car Club for Businesses, Organisations & Property Developers

Joining the car club has been great for our business. Staff used to use their own cars for business and this clocked up thousands of miles on personal vehicles. We had travel claims and business insurance to worry about but now this is all dealt with by the car club

– James Ellis, Director, The Original Cottage Company

The low cost, low risk and low carbon alternative

Whether your business or organisation has a fleet of cars or pays staff a mileage rate to use their own car, the Norfolk Car Club can help you save money. Property Developers can also benefit from incorporating the Norfolk Car Club in their developments - see below for further details.

Do you have a fleet of cars?

Car Pool Pitfalls

Car Club Solutions

Paying for idle cars

When vehicles are not needed, they simply sit idle. This is a huge waste of an expensive asset.

Pay as you drive

You only pay when you use the car club vehicle. Even when cars are block booked through the week, the costs can be shared with out of hours bookings.

Paying 100% of costs

The employer pays for all servicing, tyre replacement, safety checks, tax, mot, insurance, cleaning etc., and pays staff to carry out these functions.

Reduce costs

All costs are included in the car club rates.

Administrative burdens

The employer is responsible for managing the pool cars and their bookings, including tasks such as checking fuel, VED tax, insurance, servicing, tyres and minor repairs.

Reduce administration

Staff currently spending time on managing the pool cars can be reassigned to other more productive tasks.

Inefficient use of cars

Paper booking systems and shared car keys mean one booking can tie up a car for a whole day.

Efficient use of technology and fewer cars

Online booking and smart card technology enable maximum use of each vehicle.

Land taken up for parking

Car pools can permanently use large areas of land for parking, which could be put to better use.

Reduce parking spaces

Car club cars have designated parking spaces close by. Even when these spaces are located within an employer’s site, fewer parking spaces are required because a smaller number of cars are being used more efficiently.

 

Do you pay staff mileage allowance?

Grey Fleet Pitfalls

Car Club Solutions

Reluctant staff?

As the price of fuel continues to increase, the mileage allowances paid to staff are becoming increasingly inadequate. As a growing number of staff refuse to use their own cars, the employer will either have to increase rates, or provide more pool cars.

Solution to problems with mileage allowances

Using a car club will rid the employer of current and future problems regarding mileage allowances and payments. Staff currently managing these aspects could be more usefully redeployed. The car club can be seen as a benefit to staff who can save money by giving up their own car and using the car club cars for personal use.

Liability – inadequate insurance

Relying on the employees insurance can lead to problems over liability. Is the car properly insured for business use? If not, the employer may be liable in the event of a road traffic accident involving an employee using the car for business.

Peace of mind over insurance

Insurance is the responsibility of the car club operator. The car club operator can also carry out annual checks on employees’ licenses to ensure that no changes have occurred.

Liability – vehicle safety

Duty of Care, and Health and Safety rules mean that an employer must take measures to protect the Heath and Safety of an employee, even when they are driving their own vehicles. An employer can never be certain that the employees cars are correctly maintained, or safe to drive.

Peace of mind – vehicle safety

Car Clubs use new cars which are checked regularly and well maintained.

Unnecessary mileage claims

Companies and organisations have a lack of direct control over the Grey Fleet – the employer can never be certain that the mileage is really necessary, or that the correct claims are being made.

Detailed breakdown of car use

Itemised bills are provided on a monthly basis or can be accessed real-time online broken down by user, thereby reducing your administration costs and providing clarity.

Adding to commuter traffic and parking needs

Staff with occasional and unplanned need to use their cars for work have to drive each day adding to commuter congestion.

Reducing commuter traffic and parking

Staff can commute by greener methods of transport – reducing traffic and parking needs, supporting the business travel plan and reducing the carbon footprint.

Old bangers?

Are cars owned by staff efficient in terms of their carbon emissions? Do they have unnecessarily large engines? Are they fit for purpose?

Smart new low emission vehicles

Your organisation’s carbon footprint will reduce using new greener car club cars. Your organisation’s image can benefit from using a range of new smarter lower emission vehicles.

Are you a property developer?

Potential benefits of including the Norfolk Car Club in your development are:

  • The Car Club allows cars and therefore parking spaces to be shared and the number needed and cost of providing them to be reduced.
  • Reduction in the amount of parking required - the car club allows an increase in the number of units or amenity space on the site, increasing the profitability of the site.
  • Car clubs are a popular alternative to private car ownership as they offer convenience without the responsibilities and capital outlay of ownership.
  • Car clubs have added value to housing developments as residents perceive the vehicles as an extra service.
  • Car clubs contribute to travel plan aims by reducing the impact of the private car from the development; the overall car miles driven, and local congestion. Norfolk Car Club cars emit 50% less CO2 per km than the average car in Norfolk.
  • Car clubs support other travel plan initiatives - once residents have given up their private car they are more likely to walk, cycle or use public transport.

If you would like more information about how the Norfolk Car Club could help your business, organisation, or property development, please call 0845 602 8030

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