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Car share scheme encouraged across the Highlands

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MOTORISTS in the Highlands are being encouraged to consider car sharing in a new campaign involving all major fuel stations

It features adverts on pump handles encouraging people to consider joining the Hitravel Liftshare scheme.

It is being led by the regional transport partnership, Hitrans, which has attracted Paths for All funding to raise the profile of car sharing.

Hitrans chairman, councillor Allan Henderson, said it could save hundreds of pounds a year for regular users, reduce the carbon footprint and decrease congestion as well as parking pressures.

“We all share cars regularly with our friends and family without thinking about it,” he said.

“But there are often times when a driver has empty seats simply because they don’t know anyone who needs a lift or they might not be aware of the benefits of sharing.”

The scheme connects people travelling in the same direction so they can arrange to travel together and share the costs.

“While we understand the necessity for many of the private car for travel across the Highlands and Islands, we are hoping we could all do more to enable people to share money, help the environment and share journeys,” Cllr Henderson said.

“You don’t have to share every day, even sharing once a week with someone makes a big difference. We hope people will be surprised how much the benefits add up over time.”

The Liftshare scheme is open to anyone over 18 years of age and joining is free.

More information can be found at the HiTravel web site https://liftshare.com/uk/community/hitravel.

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