Council encourages staff to car share

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WITH petrol prices still giving many motorists a headache, Scottish Borders Council is urging its own staff and other drivers in the region to share the journey to work with colleagues.

Many people, who in the past thought car sharing was too restrictive, have changed their minds as they see how much money can be saved by sharing even just a couple of days a week.

SBC, Heriot Watt University and Borders College all offer priority parking close to their main buildings for staff who have signed up to car sharing.

At Scottish Borders Council HQ the number of staff regularly car sharing has increased from 60 to just over 170 in the last year as prices at the pumps have soared.

A spokesperson commented: “We are all far more aware of our carbon footprint, pollutants and emissions these days and car sharing is an excellent way of adding to your green credentials.”

As an added bonus and incentive to find a car sharing buddy, SBC has been given two pairs of weekend camping tickets to the Wickerman Festival at East Kirkcarswell, Dumfries and Galloway - which takes place on the weekend of July 22 and 23 - to give away to those who register or search for a journey using the www.tripshareborders.com website.

Anyone in the Borders can enter and for further information log on to www.scotborders.gov.uk/council/departmentsandservices/chiefexecutives/corporatecommunications/34510.html