‘Car Sharing’ is a concept that has taken the world by storm and is operating in more than 600 cities around the world. Since its inception in Australia 15 years ago, there are now more than 66,000 car share users accessing 1,200 vehicles.
Council is interested in what is referred to as ‘traditional’ car sharing. Traditional car sharing provides users with access to cars that are owned by a car sharing company. These companies manage the ‘sharing’ or ‘hiring’ platform and take care of all the ancillary costs of each vehicle including registration, insurance, maintenance, and even petrol.
Council is initiating a 12-month car share pilot in the Byron Shire later in the year (2019). The purpose of the pilot is to test the market and feasibility of offering a car-sharing service here in our Shire.
At its Planning meeting in February 2019 Council selected a car share operator to occupy ten designated car share bays in the Shire. The bays are expected to be marked and signage installed in the coming months.
Further information on how to access the share cars will be provided shortly. If you have any questions, please contact Council Planner Sam Tarrant.