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For many, driving is a necessity but why spend more on it than you need to? Exploring other options such as car-sharing and even altering your driving technique can cut your petrol costs in half and save your £100s each year.

Why Car Share?

Everyone else is doing it

Around 700 people in Central Bedfordshire have already signed up to car sharing through the CB Travel Choices Liftshare website. Nationally, around 250,000 people car share.
The new Travel Choices Liftshare website enables you to search for others travelling your way - an easy way to cut monthly fuel bills and reduce car parking demand at workplaces. Put another way, it's your ticket to half-price petrol!
Why not see who's travelling your way? Click here to find out more.


You could halve your fuel costs for regular trips

You could save up to £1,000 a year and 1 tonne of carbon dioxide (CO2) by sharing your car.

Regular trips are the best ones to target to make those attractive savings, such as the daily commute to work or going to the match at the weekend. Some examples of typical annual savings that can be achieved on commuter routes in and around Dunstable are as follows, based on sharing with one person only:

  • Luton town centre to Porz Avenue, Dunstable – 5 miles – saving £301 per year and 319.4kg of CO2.
  • Leighton Buzzard town centre to Woodside Estate, Dunstable – 9 miles – saving £570 per year and 606.9kg kg C02.
  • Dunstable town centre to Grovebury Road, Leighton Buzzard – 8 miles – saving £485 per year and 517.5 kg of CO2. 
  • Houghton Regis town centre to Luton town centre - 6 miles – saving £371 per year and 396.1 kg of CO2.

It keeps our roads moving

Did you know that there are a staggering 38 million empty seats in car on UK roads every weekday?

Car sharing in Central Bedfordshire can really make a difference in reducing congestion by taking more cars off the road and freeing up road space to keep our towns moving.

Low Carbon Vehicles

The use of low emission vehicles can help contribute to reducing CO2 emissions and other harmful emissions at the point of use. At present there are four types of low or no emission vehicles currently in production

  • Electric Vehicles: Use one or more electric motors to run the vehicle, which need to be charged at regular intervals.
  • Hybrid Vehicles: Use two or more distinct power sources. The most common type in use is an internal combustion engine and an electric motor. Hybrid cars use the regenerative power of the braking system to charge a battery to help run the vehicle and reduce fuel use.
  • Alternative Fuel Vehicles: Run on a fuel other than traditional petrol or diesel, such as Liquid Propane Gas (LPG).
  • Fuel Cell Vehicles: Use hydrogen in a fuel cell to produce its own on board electricity to run the vehicle. The vehicle’s tail-pipe emission is pure water.


Central Bedfordshire Council will promote the uptake of low emission vehicles as part of a regional wide approach to provide significant new investment in electric vehicle charging infrastructure comprising around 1,200 new charging points across the region.

Where can I charge my Electric Vehicle?

Location Number of
Aldwyck Housing Group, Houghton Hall Business Park, Houghton Regis 2
Arlesey Railway Station, Old Oak Close, Arlesey 10
Central Bedfordshire Council
  • Watling House, Dunstable
  • Priory House, Shefford
GM Stores, Chalton 1
Grove Theatre car park, Dunstable 1
Hockliffe Street car park, Leighton Buzzard 2
Luton and Dunstable Hospital, Lewsey Road, Luton 2
Morrisons, Houghton Regis 4
Marston Vale Forest Centre, Marston Moretaine 1
Incuba, Brewers Hill Road, Dunstable 1

To view live availability of electric vehicle charging points across Central Bedfordshire and the East of England, visit the Source East website.

For information on charging points nationwide visit the Go Ultra Low website. 

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