Using Cars Differently Meeting

Lift Share

Web sites

Richard has contacted ‘Jam Buster’ (providers of the software for Tyne and Wear lift share consortium) and another web based lift share company about ‘local to local’ lift share sites. Latter company are keen to work with us, could probably have a system up and running by Christmas and see the commercial benefits eg: opportunity to advertise to TT data base. Some issues of this discussed. More information needed including viable numbers, commitments by both parties, tariffs charged per mile.

John will find out more about Newcastle University’s lift share site.

Benefits and barriers

Benefits were discussed – agreed that whilst finance will be the main incentive there were also social benefits as well as challenging the way we think about travel.

Barriers mentioned – being tied to a specific time; commitment to inputting data about planned journeys; ignorance about true cost of using cars; concerns about safety, intrusion on personal space.

Smart phone apps

Apps for smart phones. John to investigate with Newcastle University


Agreed that Richard and John would continue research and Jane and Richard would work up a proposal by Christmas.

Car Clubs


The fit of the car club concept with TT objectives was discussed. Agreed that it was the societal benefits that were important – changing attitudes to car use; reducing car ownership (especially for two plus car owning households); encouraging shared use of cars.

Potential demand

Summary of the Commonwheels Hexham survey received. This showed 40 people interested and 16 definitely interested in a car club.  Commonwheels own the data and have agreed that it could be used for a follow up survey (four to five questions using Commonwheels survey monkey) to gauge level of interest now. It may be possible to invite TT members to complete the survey too. Jane to follow up with Richard Falconer and also see if a question about interest in lift share can be included.


Information on scheme to operate under a licence with Commonwheels received. Shows a projected revenue stream in year two based on two cars with a total of twenty to thirty members. More information needed on different models of operation with Commonwheels. Jane to follow up


Aim to establish level of interest and work up a proposal by Christmas.

Awareness Raising

Local businesses

Jane  spoken to Tamsin at the Community Partnership. Interested in knowing more. Business Forum is holding an event in November. Jane to follow up best way of raising awareness and gauging interest through the business forum

Market stall

Agreed to see if levels of interest can be collected via the market stall in November and December. Possibly through questionnaires.

Next Meeting

6th December 7.30, venue tbc

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