Thursday, April 25, 2024

Car sharing picks up in Manningham

Manningham Council and car sharing service, GoGet, have agreed to extend their car sharing trial following a successful 18 month pilot in Doncaster Hill and Tullamore Estate.

The Council says car sharing offers individuals the opportunity to access vehicles on demand for short periods of time – with fuel, insurance, registration and maintenance all covered.

Mayor, Carli Lange said she was pleased to see residents benefiting from using car share, while also contributing to improved community outcomes.

“Car sharing can deliver significant health, economic, environmental and community benefits,” Mayor Lange said.

“It’s one of the ways we’re working to improve our transport network and provide more sustainable, cost-effective options for our community.

“With people driving less and owning fewer cars, we’ll continue to see reduced traffic congestion, greenhouse gas emissions and on-street parking demand,” she said.

The Council says that since the trial launched in November 2022:

  • GoGet membership increased by 30% in Manningham to almost 600 members;
  • 200+ metres of street parking has been freed up;
  • 118.25 tonnes of CO2 emissions avoided in 2023;
  • 458,000km of private vehicle travel prevented.

The most important factors for Manningham residents choosing to join GoGet is to access
the wide range of vehicle types. They are also relying on the service to make trips that are
inconvenient by other transport modes, the Mayor said.

In response to GoGet’s Annual Personal Survey 2023, a Manningham resident said, “Car share availability was excellent for afterhours activities which would have been more difficult through hire car services.”

The initiative was identified and guided by Council’s Liveable City Strategy 2040, Transport Action Plan 2021 and Doncaster Hill Modeshift Plan 2014.

The extended trial – to end in July 2025 – does not preclude other car share companies from operating within Manningham, including peer-to-peer services, the Council said in a statement.

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