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.
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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