Car Sharing

Car sharing is a great way to reduce congestion, save money and even make new friends.

Plan your journey

A journey shared is an enjoyable one

Milton Keynes is the perfect location for journey sharing with around 60% of people who live in the borough also working in the borough. With many employers focussed in just a small number of areas, you’re bound to be living near somebody who does the same journey to work every day, you just need to find them!

Cycling and walking buddies

Finding someone to cycle or walk to work with is a great motivator, it’s harder to change your plans if you’ve already arranged a time and place to meet in the morning. Travelling with someone will help you to feel safer and inspire confidence that you won’t get lost and will have help if you experience mechanical issues. Plus, chatting to someone on your way to work is a great way to start the day and much more fun than sitting in traffic all alone.

Car sharing

Sometimes people do need to drive to work, why not offer a lift or join someone heading in the same direction. Car sharing reduces congestion, pollution and the need for car parking spaces, which is better for everyone. It can also help to reduce costs by alternating the driver or sharing costs. Journey sharing is a great way to get around and make friends along the way!

Not got anyone to share with?  All you need to do is sign up to the Milton Keynes Liftshare scheme, add your journey and find your match.  It’s that easy!

Car share permits in CMK

If you work in Central Milton Keynes, you could save even more money by getting a CMK Car Share parking permit which also gives you access to prime location parking bays.

Join the central Milton Keynes car-sharing scheme

Milton Keynes Council Car Share is a parking permit for Central Milton Keynes employees who share a journey to work.

Join the permit scheme for just £130 a year per person (£65 per person for a six month permit) to receive the following benefits:

  • Free parking in all standard rate spaces and over 350 reserved cars share bays in prime locations. Please see our Central Milton Keynes parking map for examples our ample central standard (purple) bays.
  • Reduced fuel bills and wear and tear on your vehicle.
  • Company on your journey to work.
  • Less cars and less congestion mean better journey times.
  • Reduced CO2 emissions and greener travel, better for the environment.

How to join the CMK car share scheme

A lead applicant must be nominated to submit one application and the payments on behalf of each applicant. After eligibility checks have been completed, the parking permit will be approved and once the payment has been accepted you will be advised that the permit is active. It is the main applicant’s responsibility to ensure they log into their account to select the correct vehicle they are parking with the permit.

How To Apply

Please read the guidance notes and register for an account.

Car Share FAQs

Q1.           Can you help me find someone to car share with?

A.       Yes, complete the expression of interest form and email it to parkingpermitapplications@milton-keynes.gov.uk

Q2.       Can I apply online for my Car Share Permit?

A.       Yes you can, you will need to create an account and then apply for your Car Share Permit.

Q3.       How does the permit work?

A.       One permit will be issued to the lead applicant, including registration numbers of up to four vehicles. This permit needs to be displayed in the windscreen to qualify for free parking in any standard rate bay or designated car share bay. The registration number of the vehicle being parked must be included among those displayed on the permit in the windscreen.

Q4.       Can I use the permit if my sharer is not going to work with me that day, e.g., is off sick or on leave?

A.        No, you can only use the car share permit if you and your car sharer(s) travel to work together.  You are allowed to buy employee scratch-cards or RingGo sessions to cover the times that you do not travel to work with your car sharer.

Q5.        If my sharer only works part-time, can I use the permit when I come in on my own?

A.        No, you can only use the car share permit if you and your car sharer(s) travel to work together.  You are allowed to buy employee RingGo sessions to cover the times that you do not travel to and from work with your car sharer.

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Q6.        Can I use the permit if my sharer has left their employment?

A.        No, you can only use the car share permit if you and your car sharer(s) travel to work together.  If your car sharer no longer works within Central Milton Keynes you are both required to surrender the permit, although we will suspend your permit for a period of up to 18 months to allow you time to find another person to car share with.  This only applies if you have at least 9 months remaining on the car share permit.

Q7.        Can I use the permit when I am not going to work, e.g., going shopping, but am sharing?

A.        No, the car share permit is for Central Milton Keynes employee use only and you must be travelling to work with your car share partner(s).  The permit cannot be used for any other purpose.

Q8.        Can I use my permit to and from work if travelling alone?

A.        No, you can only use the car share permit if you and your car sharer(s) travel to work together.

Q9.        My sharer and I use two cars; can we photocopy the permit and put one in each car?

A.        No, the permit can only be used in one vehicle at a time and it is your responsibility to remember to transfer the permit from vehicle to vehicle.

Q10.        I want to share with someone who works in the Central Milton Keynes area, but their workplace is quite a way from mine; can I drop them off, then park on my own, and go and pick them up for the journey home?

A.        Yes, you are allowed to car share with anyone who works within Central Milton Keynes and can drop them off at their place of work and park at your place of work, as long as you are still travelling to work together.

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Q11.        If my sharer is off owing to long-term sickness or on maternity leave can I have my permit suspended?

A.        Yes, we will suspend the permit for you up to a period of 18 months, and you can reactivate it when you are in a position to car share again. This only applies if there is at least 9 months remaining on the car share permit.

Q12.        Can I add or change a car sharer part way through the year?

A.        Yes, although the new applicant will be required to pay the £130 fee to join the scheme.

Q13.        How do I tell you if my sharer or I change jobs and still work in Central Milton Keynes?

A.        We undertake random checks and can call your employers.  If a car sharer changes employer but still works within Central Milton Keynes you should notify us of the change as this will not affect your eligibility to car share.

Q14.        How do I tell you if my sharer or I change vehicle?

A.        Please log into your account to change your vehicle details.  Please note you will be required to provide a copy of your V5C document for proof of ownership.

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Some benefits of car sharing...
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Save money

Give yourself a pay rise - save money on daily wear and tear, as well as fuel.

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Reduce stress

Share the driving and reduce the stress of rush hour and trying to find a parking space.

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Prime locations

With a CMK car share permit, you get access to reserved car share bays in prime locations.

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Never be late again

Reducing the number of cars at peak times in MK will make journey times quicker and more reliable.

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Make friends

Meet new work colleagues and people at your workplace or from your local area.

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Help the environment

Reduce CO2 emissions – fewer cars means less pollution and cleaner, greener air.

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Save money

Give yourself a pay rise - save money on daily wear and tear, as well as fuel.

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Reduce stress

Share the driving and reduce the stress of rush hour and trying to find a parking space.

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Prime locations

With a CMK car share permit, you get access to reserved car share bays in prime locations.

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Never be late again

Reducing the number of cars at peak times in MK will make journey times quicker and more reliable.

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Make friends

Meet new work colleagues and people at your workplace or from your local area.

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Help the environment

Reduce CO2 emissions – fewer cars means less pollution and cleaner, greener air.

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Top tips to get you started...

Find the right travel buddy

Find the right travel buddy

Register with one or two car sharing websites to find a car share match, you might be surprised at how many people live near you and are looking to share their journey.

Plan ahead

Plan ahead

Have a plan of how you can get home in an emergency, some employers will offer a guaranteed lift home.

Get free parking

Get free parking

Join the car share scheme - an annual CMK permit entitles you to free parking in many central spaces and reserved share bays.

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It's not rocket science

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Share your journey
Find your journey share partner.
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