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COUNCIL LAUNCHES FIRST 'TICKET-PROOF' VAN SCHEME

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The UK's first pay-as-you-go delivery van will offer unlimited parking access to parking bays within a London borou...
The UK's first pay-as-you-go delivery van will offer unlimited parking access to parking bays within a London borough.

Streetcar, the UK's largest pay-as-you-go car club, and Islington LBC will jointly launch the scheme in an attempt to offer people a cheaper alternative to owning or hiring a business vehicle.

The new scheme, which will pilot for 12 months, means that users will no longer need to 'pay and display' or spend time obtaining visitors passes when carrying out their day-to-day business, including deliveries and pick-ups. The scheme will also work towards reducing vehicle congestion in the area.

Islington LBC executive member for environment Lucy Watt said: 'We know people need to use a van or car on occasion but not everyone wants to own one. Many firms can share these vehicles each day, helping reduce the number of delivery vans on Islington's roads - so Islington businesses can do their bit and join the council in making Islington a cleaner and greener place.

'And we've listened to the difficulties local businesses face when making deliveries. That's why we've provided an all-day, all-zone parking permit.'

The scheme, which provides users with a brand new VW Transporter, will cost£6.95 an hour, with a 24 hour rate of£49.50 during the week and£69.50 at the weekends. The service is very simple to use; customers book the van via the internet and use a remotely activated smartcard held against the windscreen to unlock the door. The keys are in the glove compartment and the member just drives the van away. At the end of the journey, they return the van to the Gaskin Street and a record of the journey is sent via SMS to Streetcar HQ.

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