‘Car sharing’ is a concept that has taken the world by storm and is operating in more than 600 cities. Since its inception in Australia 15 years ago, there are now more than 66,000 car share users accessing 1,200 vehicles.
We undertook a 12-month car share pilot in 2019 - 2020 to test the market and feasibility of offering a car-sharing service here in our Shire. Council selected Popcar as the car share operator to occupy 10 designated car share bays located in Byron Bay and Mullumbimby. The trial proved a success with Council deciding in June 2020 to continue the service and explore the possibility of expanding the number and location of parking 'bays'.
Any licensed driver 18 years or older can sign up to become a member of Popcar and utilise the share cars whenever they need to. Popcar will take care of all the ancillary costs of each vehicle, including registration, insurance, maintenance and petrol. Members can book the car whenever they need it and pay based on how much they use the car.
For further information on how to sign up, access the share cars and pricing, please visit Popcars website or phone 1300 707 227.