environmentally friendly transport by adopting an electric pool car for its
by the city's planners and building surveyors as a pool car on a trial
period of twelve months. This will help save officers thousands of miles a
year in conventional petrol driven cars and help save the environment by
reducing emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2).
Using an electric car is part of the planning service's cutting edge Travel
Plan, which aims to reduce traffic congestion and the impact of car use on
the environment. All local authorities are required to develop travel plans
in accordance with EU and governmental directives.
Councillor Elizabeth Minkin, executive board member for transport and the
'We are leading by example here in Leeds by taking a really innovative
approach to reducing our impact on the environment.
'Not only will we cut down emissions of carbon dioxide, but we will
also help reduce congestion and our consumption of fossil fuels. Even
our electricity supply comes from renewable resources making an
electric car a truly green choice.'
John Lynch, director of planning and environment for Leeds City Council,
'Planning services face additional pressures to develop a travel plan
that goes above and beyond the basics. As the local planning
authority, we require developers to prepare travel plans for schemes
in the city and we must therefore make sure we can demonstrate good
practice ourselves and lead by example.
'We are constantly trying to reduce the need to travel to meetings and
make site visits by car, but such visits are becoming increasingly
essential. In using an electric pool car we have a vehicle which costs
very little to run, doesn't damage the environment and reduces the
need for staff to use their own cars for work purposes.'
The number of planning applications in Leeds requiring a site visit has
increased dramatically over the last few years. This means council planners
and surveyors have to use their own transport to get to them. Last year it
was calculated that staff covered over 189,000 miles in their own vehicles
whilst conducting site visits.
The G-Wiz electric car claims to be one of the most cost-effective vehicles
in production anywhere in the world. It gives off no emissions or engine
noise, has a top speed of 40mph and can run for 40 miles on a full charge
at a cost of one pence per mile. Anyone leasing the G-Wiz pays no road tax
and can benefit from low insurance rates.
Instead of using a petrol driven engine, the G-Wiz is powered by an
electric motor. It requires around six hours to charge fully and can be
simply plugged into the mains supply. Leeds City Council is taking part in
a year's pilot of the G-Wiz to demonstrate its benefits to other
The G-Wiz car is being leased from Leeds-based company 'GoinGreen'. Their
cars can be leased for a maximum of three years or for £1 per hour. For
more information visit www.goingreen.co.uk or call 0113 247 0044.