What is Car Sharing?

11 Nov, 2023
Car sharing is a great option for those who cannot afford or need a vehicle infrequently. It is also great for businesses, as they do not need to purchase or maintain a vehicle fleet. Car share initiatives contribute to a reduction in car ownership and travel, encouraging alternatives such as walking, biking, and public transportation for routine trips, while ensuring access to a vehicle for occasional journeys when a car is required.

Car sharing provides members with on-demand access to vehicles for rent, available either on an hourly or daily basis. Users sign up to a car share scheme (for example; GoGet or Flexicar, who are some of the more prominent providers in Australia), reserve a nearby vehicle, unlock it using a pincode received via mobile phone, and commence their journey. Upon completion, users return the car to its designated parking spot and securing it with the pincode. Most car-sharing programs incorporate fuel, damage coverage, maintenance, and cleaning in the hourly rate, and are often available 24/7.

According to the RACV, the monthly running costs for a small passenger car averages $900 per month, while a mid-sized SUV costs more than $1,200 per month[1]. The advantages extend to the wider community, with studies revealing that each car chare vehicle results in the removal of 10 private cars from roads[2], leading to reduced traffic impacts and pollution. That’s nine less vehicles on the road per car share vehicle, which equates to a lot of public space or construction costs in private developments!

Car share vehicles in private developments are a great way to reduce traffic impacts.  They are best suited for sites located in activity centres with a high level of access to everyday services that don’t require a car and can be provided in both residential and commercial settings.

Please get in touch with Amber if you’d like to discuss how a car share spaces can be applied in your next development.



[1] https://www.racv.com.au/royalauto/transport/cars/car-share-victoria.html

[2] https://www.goget.com.au/parking

Written by Kirk Ballantyne

Written by Kirk Ballantyne

I bring extensive experience as a traffic engineer to Amber Organisation, having operated in both the public and private sectors. I prioritise delivering optimal results for clients without compromising on quality. I have a keen interest in sustainable transport practices, which is a driving force in my professional endeavours.
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