‘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.
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 Popcar
as the car share operator to occupy 10 designated car share bays in the Shire. Any licensed
driver 18 years or older can sign up to become a member of Popcar
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.
The bays are expected to be marked and signage installed in the coming months, with the share cars expected to be available in June.
For further information on how to sign up, access the share cars and pricing, please visit Popcars website or phone 1300 707 227. If you have any further questions regarding the car share pilot, please contact Council Planner Sam Tarrant.