Liverpool car sharing scheme disrupted by vandalism fears

A car sharing scheme in Liverpool has been brought to a halt after the company running the initiative pulled out due to vandalism fears.

City Car Club has opted against re-tendering for the scheme, which saw more than 300 members share a fleet of eight vehicles, due to the criminal damage being inflicted upon the cars.

The firm stated that the cost of repairing the vehicles has been greater than that of maintaining the 26 cars it operates in Manchester, reports the Liverpool Echo.

Concerns were also raised about the fact that other motorists were parking in or blocking the company’s designated spaces, meaning that the scheme’s users were being ticketed for parking elsewhere.

The council is now looking to have a new provider in place by next year.

Last week, Merseyside Police warned drivers that the risk of their own cars becoming the target of criminals is likely to be increased if they leave them unlocked with the engines running in order to defrost them.

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