Hour Car is a thriving Car Share Scheme, which has been operating in the upper Calder Valley for more than 14 years. 
 
We now have 5 vehicles and over 60 members.
 
Hour Car is a co-operative owned by its members, so if you join the scheme you will have a say in how it is run and how it develops into the future.
 
Our Status
 
Hour Car is a Members' Co-operative, owned and run by its members, and a not-for-profit organisation. 
It is also a company limited by guarantee, registered as Hour Car (Un) Limited, Company No 5408908.
Hour Car has 4 trustees and officers and elects committee members to serve on its management committee. All members can put forward items for consideration by this Committee,
Hour Car has an AGM at which the management committee and officers are elected.
 
Our Objectives
 
Short term:
  • To provide an efficient, low cost alternative to personal car ownership for residents of Hebden Bridge and the surrounding area within Calderdale.
  • To help reduce local traffic congestion and parking problems by reducing the need for member households and businesses to have a personal or second car
 
Medium term:
  • Reduce traffic pollution by utilising alternative, less polluting fuels in the scheme's vehicles, and adapting those vehicles if necessary.
  • Provide access to a range of vehicles, enabling members to use the vehicle most efficient for and suited to their needs.
  • Provide appropriate vehicles and additional accessories / equipment to ensure the scheme is equally accessible to all eligible members of the community including those with disabilities, young children, and those on low incomes.
  • Examine the environmental impact of replacement vehicles in terms of manufacture, recyclability and emissions.
  • Work in partnership with local groups to increase transport awareness locally, create a prominent community profile for car sharing initiatives and to try to negotiate appropriate agreements with public transport companies as part of an integrated local transport initiative to reduce car usage and dependence locally.  
Long term:
  • Be a sustainable, financially viable and respected professional organisation.
  • Highlight the environmental and financial benefits of car sharing and ride sharing.
  • Encourage communities in other rural and urban areas within Calderdale to establish similar schemes.
 
Our History

1998
 
The concept of a Car Share Scheme is first voiced by Hebden Town Council.
 
1999
 
Hebden Town Council set up a feasibility study and find 82.9% in favour of a Car Share or Ride Share scheme.
 
2001
 
Ground Floor Project set up a formal project to commence a Car Share Scheme which is accepted as a pilot project by The Countryside Agency's Community Car Share Network (CCSN).
 
2002
 
Ground Floor appoint a Development Worker and undertake a further survey with the support of SEED funding.
 
2004
 
Hour Car launches on January 7th with funding from the Countryside Agency's Rural Transport Partnership and from SEED. By the end of the first year there are 3 vehicles and 30 members.
 
2005
 
Revenue funding comes to an end and Hour Car became a Members' Co-operative.
 
2006
 
A 4th vehicle added with funding from RTP through Metro.
Membership reaches 45.
 
2008
 
A car station set up in Mytholmroyd funded by RTP.
 
2010
 
A car station set up in Todmorden with a 5th vehicle, funded by LEADER and Todmorden Town Council.
Membership reaches 60.

 

2012
 
Hour Car gets "the

greenest car in Britain" - an electric car with no range anxiety as it has a back- up generator.  This vehicle is bought with the assistance of grants from the BIG Lottery Fund and Metro.

 2018
 
 Hour Car reaches its aim of having no diesel vehicles because of concerns on air pollution and moves to a position where all cars have lower CO2 emissions than 120g/km.