As plans are being hatched for more than 130 street parks in the crowded inner-city suburbs of Melbourne to be handed over to commercial car share operators for less than $1 a day and parking woes escalate across airports and capital cities, the CEO of Australia’s largest peer to peer car sharing company slams the strategy saying that allocating dedicated parking spots to car share is actually a really inefficient use of scarce parking spaces.
He argues that car share operators and users should have to find a spot like everyone else.
How local governments’ ‘car sharing policies’ are really ‘car share parking policies’, that still work on a decades-old concept of car sharing as needing the cars to come and go from one location, or an old video-cabinet way of thinking, when we’re now in a Netflix-for-cars world.
The technology has improved dramatically and how car share operators don’t actually need dedicated parks to run effective car sharing services.
A more efficient system would be to offer car share operators on-street parking with a council zone permit, rather than a dedicated park which is what we are getting at the moment.
Leaving a car space empty for a car share car in prime real estate down-town is an inefficient use of prized parking spots and is turning locals against car sharing.