StreetCar Effects

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Dear Department for Transport,

Streetcar on the web page indicates that the Department of Transport recommend car clubs because they reduce:
parking and traffic congestion;
and noise levels.

Please provide all information/records you hold that demonstrates that car clubs have reduced:
parking and traffic congestion;
and noise levels.

Yours faithfully,

r brown

Ivan Pocock, Department for Transport

Dear R Brown

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your request for information which has been allocated reference number P0006875. A response will be issued to you in due course.


Ivan Pocock
Department for Transport
Information Rights Unit
D/04, Ashdown House
Sedlescombe Road North
St Leonards on Sea
East Sussex
TN37 7GA

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SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL, Department for Transport

1 Atodiad

Dear Mr R Brown,

Please see the attached correspondence relating to your request under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 for information on car clubs.

Yours sincerely,

Department for Transport

Cycling and Sustainable Travel
London SW1P 4DR
Email: [1][email address]

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Thank you for your letter. In it you stated:
"I will be unable to proceed with your request without clarification of the information you wish to receive. To help us do so, I would like to know: what time frame (e.g. in the last year, etc) does your request relate to"

I would have hoped you could have provided the evidence to support such claims without such clarification but as you ask - the evidence covering the last 12 months.

Yours sincerely,

r brown

Marvin Antah, Department for Transport

2 Atodiad

Dear Mr Brown,

Following my previous correspondence, thank you for your below email
confirming that you are content with information covering the last 12
months although we have extended the search covering the last two years.

I refer to your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for
information on - `all information/records we hold that demonstrates that
car clubs have reduced: parking and traffic congestion; pollution and
noise levels'. (Ref: P0006875).

As previously mentioned, the link that you refer to relating to
Streetcar's website - please note that the Department is not responsible
for any material held on Streetcar's website and we can only respond to
factual information on the concerned matter.

I am writing to advise you that following a search of our paper and
electronic records, I have established that the information you requested
is predominately held in the form of the Annual Car Clubs Surveys produced
by the Transport research Laboratory - by this Department.  Please see
the attached documentation.  I have also included the 2008-09 survey for
comparison.  The latest Annual Carplus Survey of Cars Clubs 2009-10
includes the following key messages:

· Carbon emissions: Taking the middle point of the range for car
club vehicles (119.0gCO2/km) and comparing it to the average car emissions
(176.3gCO2/km), it implies that they are 33% more efficient in terms of
CO2 emissions.

· Car ownership and reduction in private cars: 85% of car club
members do not own a car.  Each car club car is estimated to result in an
average of 11 private vehicles being sold. Inclusion of those that might
otherwise have been purchased suggests that each car club vehicle is
potentially displacing more than 20 private vehicles.

After careful consideration, we judge that widening the search would be
unlikely to be more successful and would in any case incur further costs,
in excess of the appropriate limit of £600. Section 12(1) of the Act
removes the obligation upon a public authority to do so where they
estimate the costs would exceed the appropriate limit.


If you have not already done so, you may wish to see a guidance produced
by the Department on the case for car clubs:

The Department currently fund Carplus Trust (a national transport charity)
which provides independent accreditation of car clubs (including
Streetcar) across the country and have been working with them for a number
of years to support the development of car clubs in England. You may wish
to visit their website: [2]  Whilst this information is
generally around car clubs, I hope that it may be useful.

If you are unhappy with the way the Department has handled your request or
with the decisions made in relation to your request you may complain
within two calendar months of the date of this letter by writing to the
Department's Information Rights Unit at:

Zone D/04

Ashdown House

Sedlescombe Road North


East Sussex TN37 7GA

E-mail: [email address].uk   

Please see attached details of DfT's complaints procedure and your right
to complain to the Information Commissioner.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Yours sincerely,


Marvin Antah

Sustainable Travel

Department for Transport

76, Marsham Street

London SW1P 4DR

Tel: 020 7944 5331

Email: [3][email address]


Your right to complain to DfT and the Information Commissioner

You have the right to complain within two calendar months of the date of
this letter about the way in which your request for information was
handled and/or about the decision not to disclose all or part of the
information requested. In addition a complaint can be made that DfT has
not complied with its FOI publication scheme.

Your complaint will be acknowledged and you will be advised of a target
date by which to expect a response. Initially your complaint will be
re-considered by the official who dealt with your request for information.
If, after careful consideration, that official decides that his/her
decision was correct, your complaint will automatically be referred to a
senior independent official who will conduct a further review. You will be
advised of the outcome of your complaint and if a decision is taken to
disclose information originally withheld this will be done as soon as

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:


 Information Commissioner's Office

 Wycliffe House

 Water Lane



 SK9 5AF

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