I suppose that this is a step in the right direction, in that if the scheme catches on, it should reduce the number of vehicles on Haringey’s roads, and therefore reduce CO2 emissions from the reduced car population. It remains to be seen whether this is what does occur in practice, as there are a lot assumptions behind this being the case.
The costs of motoring has actually declined over the last ten years, but it is still pretty expensive owning and running a car, so in these lean economic times, it could offer a way of reducing household budgets, whilst still allowing access to a car when it is really needed. On the other hand, it may encourage people who at the moment do not own a car, to use this service, rather than public transport, and so actually increase the amount of traffic on our roads.
To my way of thinking, a car club is when a community decides to share a number of cars, rather than all own individual cars. Obviously, members of the community would need to organise and administer the club and share the running costs of the vehicles, but there would be no profit imperative. Streetcar is, I think I am right in saying, a commercial organisation that needs to make a profit from the scheme, which is in effect an unnecessary overhead cost. Indeed the price of nearly £40 per day hire charge is broadly similar to cost of traditional car hire.
We will see how it develops, and it is Green Party policy to support these types of car clubs, but I am always suspicious of companies wanting to make money out of green type initiatives.