Fintry Energy Efficient Transport
Well known for its ‘virtual ownership’ of a wind turbine, the village of Fintry has been at the forefront of community energy in Scotland for many years. However, investing in renewable electricity generation is not the only challenge the town’s 700 residents face in working to combat climate change. Fintry, which is located approximately 16 miles (26km) from Stirling and 20 miles (32km) from Glasgow, has not had access to regular public transport for more than two decades. Consequently many households in Fintry own more than one car.
To provide an affordable and practical alternative to car ownership, community members established the Fintry Energy Efficient Transport (FEET) car club in 2011. FEET currently has access to three cars, including one electric vehicle, servicing 30 members. Since joining FEET, five members have given up their second or primary car.
FEET member Kayt Howell says “With no public transport in Fintry, residents have a high dependency on cars. We sold our second car when both my husband and I joined the car club… . We’ve saved considerable sums on the costs of maintaining and insuring another vehicle. The car club offers us a choice of car size to suit need and preference.” *
Legal structure & set-up
FEET car club is run by Fintry Development Trust (FDT), which is registered as a company limited by guarantee with charitable status and governed by a board of eight directors. Car club membership is granted against a membership payment and by meeting certain criteria including a minimum of two years driving experience. FEET uses the billing and booking services provided by Moorcar, a co-operative made up of community owned car clubs across the UK. FEET membership also comes with automatic membership in Cycle Fintry, a bike rental service, also provided through FDT.
A number of different membership options are available when joining FEET, including a £60 per annum household and organizational membership and £20 short-term membership for two months. A second household or company member added is eligible for a 50% discount. Therefore members save on the general maintenance and car insurance.
After the first hour, members are charged in half hour increments paying a maximum of £21.60 per day. Instead of paying for fuel, members are charged per mile traveled and use a fuel card to refuel at petrol stations.
FEET car club was awarded a Nissan Leaf electric vehicle through the Scottish Government’s Developing Car Clubs Scotland EV programme.
- Shifting mindset about car ownership
- Affordable and practical alternative to private car ownership
- Reduction of carbon emissions
- Expansion to include bicycles
* Eastwood, M., Kidd, M.C. (2013) The benefits of developing car clubs in Scotland. Edinburgh, Carplus Trust.
Size of Community
30 car club members in a community of 700 residents
Type of Energy Project
Stage of Development
With no public transport in Fintry, residents have a high dependency on cars. We sold our second car when both my husband and I joined the car club... We’ve saved considerable sums on the costs of maintaining and insuring another vehicle. The car club offers us a choice of car size to suit need and preference.
Kayt Howell - FEET member
Incorporation of Fintry Development Trust
Launch of FEET
Trial of electric vehicle (Citroën Zero EV)
Secured funding for Nissan Leaf electric vehicle