Travel by Car
Queen's University Carshare Club
If you need to drive on a regular basis to work, have you considered car sharing? The University's Car Share Scheme has been developed to enable staff and students to find a potential carsharer. Click on QUB Car Share Club to register your details. A document detailing Frequently Asked Questions including the registration process and issues surrounding charging passengers and insurance can be found by clicking here.
The benefits of sharing on either an informal or formal basis are:
The 2008 staff travel survey revealed that 33% of staff are currently car sharing informally, so why not give it a try? Ask around in your department or building; you may well find a member of staff willing to share with you, but ensure that you are happy and feel safe sharing before agreeing to a car share.
Guaranteed Lift Home Scheme
The Guaranteed Lift Home (GLH) Scheme guarantees University employees, who formally car-share, a return journey home should the car driver let them down, in the event of an unforseen problem e.g. picking up a sick child from school. Applicants must be the passenger as the GLH Scheme assumes that the driver will drive or make his/her own arrangements. Click on Guaranteed Lift Home (GLH) Scheme for full Scheme details and terms and conditions.
Not willing to share?
Of course car sharing doesn't suit everyone. If you still need to drive, won't car share and there are no viable alternatives, you could consider off-setting your car's CO2 emissions with Climate Care - CO2 Calculator
Buying a new vehicle?
From the 1st September 2005, look out for the new car energy label scheme. Similar to the appliances energy label scheme, the label (see picture on the right) will show the estimated annual cost of fuel for the car, environmental information, and other data including the MPG (miles per gallon) and fuel consumption.
Further information on vehicle fuel emissions and the related vehicle excise duty - click on Vehicle Certification Agency. Examples of vehicles within the current CO2 emission bands are listed below:
A-rated (<100 g/km) - Battery electric vehicles
B-rated (101-120 g/km) - Toyota Prius 1.5 petrol-electric hybrid, Smart car 0.7 petrol, Citroen C2 1.4 diesel
C-rated (121-150 g/km) - Fiat Panda 1.2 petrol, Ford Ka 1.3 petrol, VW Golf 1.9 TDI diesel, Jaguar X-type 2.0 diesel saloon
D-rated (151-165 g/km) - Mini One 1.6 petrol, manual, Ford Fiesta 1.6i petrol, Peugeot 307 1.4 petrol
E-rated (166-185 g/km) - Ford Mondeo 1.8i petrol, Vauxhall Vectra 1.8 petrol, Rover 75 1.8 petrol, Toyota Avensis 1.8 petrol
F-rated (>185 g/km) - Land Rover Freelander 2.0 diesel, Audi A4 1.6 petrol saloon, BMW X5 4.8 petrol, Jaguar X-type 2.0 petrol saloon automatic, Toyota RAV4 2.0 petrol
(Source: Department for Transport)
Tips for fuel efficient driving
The way you drive
Be a good driver. Following these basic economy driving skills could save around you 30% in fuel costs (the equivalent of 25p on every litre of fuel you use).
Look after your vehicle
Following this advice will help you do your bit to improve local air quality. It will also help reduce CO2 - a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.
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