Share a ride for Liftshare week

PUBLISHED: 14:18 30 September 2011


A CAR sharing group in Somerset is pushing to get more people to take journeys together to save petrol as part of Liftshare week next week.

More than 2,000 drivers across the county are already part of the Liftshare Network and the group is hoping to get more people to car-pool.

More than £1.2million has been saved in Somerset since January 2009 and the council is trying to get more people to sign up to the free scheme.

A spokesman for Liftshare said: “By simply sharing a journey with three other people, the cost of fuel can be driven down to what it was in 1983.

“Even sharing with one other person pushes the price down to 1999 levels.”

Ali Clabburn, Liftshare founder, said: “Paying 37p a litre sounds like a fairytale, so it’s brilliant to see people’s faces as the truth hits home.

“You really can still pay 1983 petrol prices - you just have to travel in a full car.”

David Hall, cabinet member at Somerset County Council, said: “Not only is car-sharing a sociable way to cut the cost of journeys but it leads to more money in car-sharers’ pockets at the end of the month.

“It also cuts congestion and is good for the environment.”

Robin Beech, who car-shares to Street, said: “Car-sharing was an easy way to help cut the costs of commuting, reduce my carbon footprint and make new friends.”

Liftshare Week runs from October 3-7. You can sign up for free to find someone else going your way on

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