A pay-as-you-drive car club has announced expansion plans which will see a dozen more spots in Norwich where vehicles can be picked up.

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The Norfolk Car Club was established in 2009 with two cars, but now has 13 in Norwich, three in Aylsham and two in Reepham, with its bosses aiming to make it into the first city-wide, not-for-profit, car club in the UK.

Membership has increased by 50pc to more than 250 members in the past 12 months, with its members able to collect Volkswagen cars and vans to drive on a pay-as-you-go basis.

The club, which is funded by Norfolk County Council and other partners, such as Norwich City Council and the Department of Energy and Climate Change, has recently launched three new locations in the city - at Trafford Road, Christchurch Road and Patteson Road.

And a dozen more locations are set to follow - Chapelfield East, City Road, Nelson Street, Surrey Street, County Hall, Northcote Road, Ella Road, Avenue Road, Gloucester Street, Greyfriars, Heigham Road and Riverside Heights.

They will be added to the current locations of Marlborough Road and Patteson Road in the north of the city; King Street, St Benedicts Street, Colegate and Recorder Road in the city centre; Portland Street, York Street, Essex Street, Stafford Street, Park Lane and Christchurch Road in the Golden Triangle; and Trafford Road in the south of the city.

Car club member Hamish Cooper, who lives in the city centre, said: “I’ve always lived in the centre so never needed a car.

“When I changed jobs, I needed one and this is far more economical than owning one. I’ve been a Norfolk Car Club member for nearly two years and think the club is top notch.”

Further information about the car club can be found at www.norfolkcarclub.com

2 comments

  • @ Hamish Cooper: What? economical?, firstly let me point out that I do not live near to a pick up point so this is academic really. I do so few miles in my private car that it is almost more expensive to pay the standing charges on the thing than it is to put petrol into it. I looked at the pricing of the car club and it would be more expensive for me to sell my car and join up as well as being more inconvenient.

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    George Ezekial

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

  • Absolutely it is economical, up to a certain level of mileage. Using your own car you've got the capital cost of the car (and the depreciation after you've purchased), insurance, MOT, servicing and maintenance, roadside assistance subscription and your fuel costs. All of this is included within the fees you pay to the club every month with no hidden costs or the need for an emergency fund to deal with car problems. The cars available in Norwich start at just £4.50 per hour inc. VAT plus £0.21p per mile. Joining fee is only £25 if you sign up for direct debit and the minimum monthly charge of £5.00 is only payable if you don't use the cars at all; if you make a booking worth more than a fiver, you don't pay it. So, cheaper than running my own car? Without doubt.

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    Hamish Cooper

    Wednesday, November 21, 2012

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