Ireland behind the curve in embracing car-sharing culture
Sharing gets you further, says Hayes
Local authorities can do more to provide alternative modes of transport said Brian Hayes MEP today.
“Car sharing is a concept which is becoming increasingly popular across Europe,” he explained. “Car sharing allows people to hire cars for as little as an hour, using a booking system to reserve the vehicle and in-car technology to unlock the car and drive. It is ideal for people who only need occasional access to vehicle and don’t want to own one. Fuel, tax, insurance and maintenance are all included.
“With just 215 shared cars operating in Dublin and Cork currently, Ireland is lagging behind other small European countries in terms of provision and take-up of this service. Switzerland, for example, has a fleet over 3000 cars, while Italy, Spain, Germany and France also have much higher numbers of car sharing users.
“Car sharing reduces car dependency, congestion, noise and air pollution, and frees up land traditionally used for parking spaces. Each shared car replaces approximately 15 private cars, as well as increasing use of public transport.
“GoCar has been providing car sharing in Ireland since 2008, and has over 10,000 people registered, but with cars in just two of the major cities in Ireland, penetration of the market is limited.
“I am calling on local authorities to engage with service providers to make available space for additional cars. Culturally, there is still a leap to be made with regard to the concept, but with greater numbers of European citizens living and working in Dublin, their habits around car use can and should influence ours. The benefits to car sharing are numerous, for commuters, the environment and the state. Sharing gets you further.”
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