COMMUTERS are being urged to do their bit to tackle climate change by sharing their car journeys this week.

Dorset Council's Liftshare week kicked off yesterday (7), with motorists invited to find drivers and passengers nearby to share lifts with - saving money and protecting the environment at the same time.

Average regular sharers save more than £1,000 and the "equivalent in weight of 27 orangutans in CO2" per year, the council said.

Those who form a Liftshare group by October 20 will be entered into a prize draw to win a £150 Red Letter Day voucher.

Cllr Ray Bryan, Dorset Council portfolio holder for highways, travel and environment, said: "Liftshare week is a perfect opportunity for residents to support us in our work to combat the current climate emergency – it’s also a fantastic way to get to know those in your area or in the workplace.

"Whether it’s for the daily commute, school run, or weekend trip into town for coffee, I encourage those who can to create a liftshare group."

To sign up, visit, add a journey and find a match.