About Moray Carshare
Moray Carshare is a community-based car club. There are currently over 100 members of the club, and we share 14 cars and one electric bicycle amongst us. The cars are placed at 6 different locations in and around Forres and Findhorn in the IV36 post code area of Morayshire in the north-east of Scotland. The car club is run in a democratic way, as a social enterprise, using a methodology called Sociocracy. Anyone living in the local area with an appropriate driving license is eligible to join.
Our primary aims are:
- Quality of Life & Social Inclusion - to provide affordable and convenient access to motorised vehciles: we aim to save members money and to make the convenience of using a car available to those who might not be able to afford a car of their own.
- Caring for the Environment - to encourage the use of transport options with the lowest environmental impact:
- by only using very low emissions vehicles
- by charging for every journey in our cars we encourage members to consider other transport options, e.g. walking, cycling, public transport and lift-sharing.
- Community Learning - members learn how to share resources in a spirit of cooperation for the benefit of all.
Other benefits include:
- variety of vehicles: members can pick the car that is most suitable for the trip in question – currently we have 3 electric cars, 6 small (fuel efficient) cars, 3 family-sized cars, one of which is a hybrid, a 7-seater MPV with a tow hitch and one electric bicycle.
- the creation of community jobs (1 full-time manager and 2 part-time staff);
- reduce the number of cars in our local community, and thereby reduce the pressure on parking spaces and create a safer, more beautiful living environment.
We were founded in October 2007 with 15 members and 3 cars. We were inspired by the Woodhead Community carpool. All financial surplus is reinvested in the car club. Over the last 2-3 years we have received government funding from Transport Scotland's Developing Car Clubs Scotland programme to upgrade our fleet to more environmentally friendly cars, including 3 electric cars. Community car clubs are an ideal way to introduce electric cars, as they can be used for shorter journeys, while petrol or diesel cars can still be used for longer journeys. Our charge point for the electric vehciles was funded by the Scottish Energy Saving Trust.
Our constitution, operational agreement and tariffs can be found here. These create clear rules and boundaries that help create a sense of trust.