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Car clubs (car sharing) in Hackney

Car sharing and car clubs provide you with a safer, cleaner and greener way of using a car when you need one, without the cost or hassle of owning one. We're aiming to ensure that every resident has a bay within easy access. You can find car club cars parked on-street in their own designated bays, spread evenly throughout Hackney.

There are two types of car clubs in Hackney - round-trip (or station-based) and one-way (or flexible).

Round-trip (or station-based) car clubs

You need to return round-trip vehicles to their original parking bay when you've finished using them. There are over 100 car club spaces in Hackney, operated by Zipcar and City Car Club.

How much does it cost?

ZipCar membership costs £59.50 a year and cars start at £6 per hour or £54 per day, including up 60 miles worth of petrol.

City Car Club costs £60 per year and you can add your partner for £30. Cars start at £4.95 per hour and mileage is 23p per mile for cars and 29p for vans. If you're an existing member of Zipcar you can join City Car Club for just £1.

Tax, insurance, parking permits, servicing and repairs are included. Some car clubs include the congestion charge in the price; others will bill you for it.

How do I join?

Join City Car Club

Join Zipcar

How does it work?

You can use the cars and vans twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week and they can be booked by the hour, by the day or for as long as you want. You can booked a bay online or by phone, in advance or at the last minute.

Request a bay

We're working to expand the car club network in Hackney. Email to request a bay near you.

Hackney's car club parking bays


DriveNow one-way car clubOne-way (flexible) car clubs

You can pick up one-way vehicles from any parking bay and drop them off in any bay around the borough. Hackney is one of four London boroughs that host a fleet of 270 DriveNow vehicles including 1 Series BMWs, Mini Countryman Coopers and 30 all-electric, zero emission BMW i3s.

There are three main differences between one-way car sharing services and the current car club scheme operating across Hackney.

  1. You don't need to make a reservation.
  2. There's no return point and no fixed return time, so you can take the vehicle on one-way trips.
  3. You can park the vehicle in any bay - you don't need to use designated bays.

You can park DriveNow vehicles in any valid parking bays in Hackney, excluding dedicated bays such as accessible bays for disabled people, doctors' bays, other car club bays, electric vehicle charging bays, etc. and excluded roads such as street markets and roads with high parking stress, like Hoxton Square.

It costs £29 to register and cars start at 39p per minute with an hourly cap of £20. Join via the DriveNow website, or 01246 506269.

A City Car Club carWhat are the benefits?

Using a car club can:

  • Make your life easier as you don't have to organise tax, parking permits, insurance etc.
  • Help you save money - if you drive less than 6-8,000 miles per year, giving up your car and switching to a car club saves on average £3,500 a year.
  • Reduce your trips by car - evidence shows that users reduce their annual mileage after joining.
  • Help you move home or carry heavy shopping.

For more information on responsible car use visit Carplus.

Why is car sharing good for Hackney?

  • Our residents and businesses use fewer private vehicles.
  • It provides access to vehicles for people who can't afford their own.
  • For every one car club vehicle introduced, 20 private vehicles are taken off the road, making more parking space for everyone. 

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Page updated: 28 May 2015 

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Contact details

Hackney Car Club Scheme
Hackney Service Centre
1 Hillman Street
E8 1DY
Tel:020 8356 8023 (general info)