A peer-to-peer car-sharing platform operating in Amsterdam has surged in popularity over the past year, according to figures released by the company earlier this month.
In 2015 Snappcar, a service launched Amsterdam in 2011, attracted 7 500 new registrations, including 900 car owners.
The rise means that over 18 000 people are now registered to use the service, sharing between them 2 400 cars.
The number of bookings also increased sharply, with 10 000 in 2015, a rise of 39 per cent compared to 2014.
SnappCar co-founder Ontijd Pascal said: ‘This tremendous growth confirms the potential of peer-to-peer car-sharing for a city like Amsterdam. The mindset of the people is the right one; one is dealing with limited parking space and enjoys trying new things. We expect that this growth will continue in the coming year and that peer2peer car-sharing will be an option for many more people in Amsterdam, in addition to metro, train and bike.'
Research by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency published in May 2015 shows that for 40 per cent of users, car-sharing is an alternative to owning a private car. For 37 per cent of those who already own a private car, it stops them from buying a second vehicle.
For more information, visit snappcar.nl.