Liftshare: arrive in style!

Car sharing. You’ve heard of it but probably never found it! At least not on an organised level. Look no more as Liftshare have a national database in the UK that you can tap into.

They say, ‘Before Liftshare was founded in 1997, car sharing was almost unheard of in the UK. Since then, through our continuous campaigning at both grass root and government levels, the concept of a national car-sharing database has now become a reality. In 2006 we launched a series of new services under the new BUDi branding. These include BikeBUDi, WalkBUDi, TaxiBUDi and TravelBUDi.’

Check out the above link to get started.

Liftshare recently won a Business in the Community Award too. They have some interesting ‘live’ stats here such as ‘estimated number of tonnes of CO2 saved per year: 13,039 tonnes’.

As of 2008 membership at Liftshare has gone through the roof … a little like fuel prices.

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6 Responses to Liftshare: arrive in style!

  1. Oli fielding says:

    liftshare is great. I used it last year to get to glastonbury and now use it every day on my commute – it save me about £900 a year in fuel costs and the guys in the car are good fun.

  2. the Grit says:


    I’ve thought for years that something along this line was a good idea. Unfortunately, it won’t work in the US, as all of the vehicles would wind up in chop shops on the day it opened. Yes, we have a crime problem that our Government refuses to deal with. This problem, by the way, also has other environmental implications as, what with high metal recycling prices, criminals are going to such extremes as to break into homes for the sole purpose of ripping out their electrical wiring, which they can sell for a hefty price. While recycling is not a bad thing, this sort of behavior tends to cast it in that light.

    the Grit

  3. matt says:


    You need to accept that positive things do actually happen. At the risk of sending you into therapy, this realisation that positive things do occur may cause you shock and damage your inner soul – so, health warning attached; carshare is already widespread in metro areas of California (no doubt, your favourite state; so tribal in America isn’t it). 🙂

  4. the Grit says:

    Hi matt,

    Yes, I can be a bit pessimistic at times. On the other hand, I do try to recognize the positive things in my environment. For instance, I recently had a long warm and fuzzy feeling moment when Memphis, the large urban area I happen to live next to, slipped a notch from being ranked the number one city in America with the highest rate of violent crime to second place. Don’t worry though, the city government has already instituted expensive reforms, and tax increases, designed to reclaim their title 🙂

    On the subject at hand, while the carshare plan may work in some areas, mostly those that can afford a very high police to population ratio, I’ll bet you dollars to Euros that it won’t work in any major population center in the US, with the exception of San Fransisco, where the general population is not necessarily human. Remember that, last time I looked up the statistics, car theft is one of the top twenty industries over here. It’s so common that our police, realizing that they don’t have the resources to deal with it, pay little to no attention to it. Fortunately, I’m almost immune to it since no one in even a close approximation of their right mind would take the slightest risk to swipe my battered old truck, which is now old enough to vote (18 years.) That age, by he way, is a good thing since, in another three years, I figure we’ll have gasoline with really high ethanol levels available, just when my truck reaches the legal drinking age 🙂

    I don’t get the tribal reference.

    the Grit

  5. matt says:

    Tribal as in inter-state rivalry & suspicion reflected in generalizations like, ‘with the exception of San Francisco, where the general population is not necessarily human’.

  6. the Grit says:

    Hi matt,

    Thanks for the clarification. As to the humanness of the population of San Francisco, look up some news from that area and dare to call me wrong 🙂

    the Grit

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