Dufftown Net Zero Carbon Starts Now!
As part of the DDCAs vision for ‘Improving Prosperity’, one of our strategic aims is to provide transport available to meet need.
The DDCA purchased an electric car in February 2021 and we worked with The Moray Council to secure Dufftown’s first electric car charger in the Mortlach Memorial Hall Carpark. The car is used daily by our volunteers to top up our community larder. It is also used by our staff to travel to meetings and meet with residents in the community. As a consequence, all DDCA project-related transport is carbon neutral.
Acknowledging the need for sustainable and flexible transport options in Dufftown and District, we have explored different possibilities to make the car available for the community to use. First, we looked at setting up a more formal car club. But we quickly found barriers in terms of getting insurance. Instead, we found a peer-to-peer solution. The DDCA car can now be rented on a car sharing app called Hiyacar. Anyone can register, book the car and collect it from the Memorial Hall car park.
Here is what fellow community members say about the service:
“Hiring the eCar at short notice got us out of a pickle. It is so much cheaper and easier than a hire car company and in using Hiyacar you’re supporting the local community/individuals too. Great service.”