The University has this week launched a new car sharing scheme to encourage more sustainable car use and to help staff and students save on their travel costs.
The scheme aims to match up staff and students and allow them take advantage of the thousands of empty car seats that are available every day.
As part of the University’s commitment to “encouraging alternative methods of transport to single-occupancy car journeys”, the scheme involves two or more people travelling to the University together in the same vehicle.
Participants who wish to join the scheme will see a significant saving in fuel costs as well as saving on car parking charges and an improved work-life balance as the new arrangement ensures they leave work on time.
There are also the social benefits of sharing the journey with like-minded colleagues or course mates.
In turn, there will be a potential reduction in the pressure for car park spaces and reductions in carbon emissions, which will help to meet the University’s strategic targets.
A locally developed website – CarShareGM
– is designed to help employees and students to match up with any potential sharers, based on their residential proximity and work/course patterns.
To take part in the scheme, simply register your details on the site, choose the University of Salford as your place of work and input your journey details.
Once a successful journey match has been found, both recipients will receive notification and can arrange to meet and discuss feasibility.
If both car sharers are existing drivers they are eligible for a car share permit, which is half the price of a normal permit, to be shared between whichever vehicle is being brought onto campus.