Hampshire drivers are urged to cut fuel costs by car-sharing

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LONE motorists are being urged to join a car-sharing scheme to save fuel and cut down on traffic jams.

Hampshire County Council’s Hantscarshare scheme is promoting the benefits of sharing the drive to work as part of Liftshare Week.

Through a website, commuters can search for other drivers who want to share their journey to work.

Organisers estimate by carrying an extra three passengers in a car, drivers will pay just 37p a litre for petrol.

The council says around £1m has been saved by commuters through car-sharing since 2009.

The idea has been backed by Gosport’s MP Caroline Dinenage, who is encouraging businesses and motorists to sign up.

She said: ‘Record fuel prices and the chronic congestion on the A32 are hitting my constituents hard.

‘Car sharing with someone is a great way to cut costs and take cars off the road, making your commute faster and cheaper.

‘I’m urging businesses and individuals to make the most of Liftshare Week by signing up to car share.’

The council hopes the project will also lead to fewer cars on the roads during rush hour.

To sign up for the scheme and find someone to share your journey to work, visit hantscarshare.com.