Dublin empowers car-sharing to cut congestion and emissions (Ireland)

By Lewis Macdonald / Updated: 01 Aug 2014
The city council in Dublin (Ireland) has licensed car-sharing company GoCar to operate 50 vehicles in 31 pay-and-display locations across the city.
It is estimated that one vehicle in a car-sharing scheme could replace 15 privately owned cars driving in the city centre, lowering traffic and making public transport more efficient. A reduction in traffic also tends to encourage people to walk and cycle rather than relying on cars.

While a shift to sustainable transport modes will help to reduce emissions by itself, the cars perform a similar function; they are generally smaller, newer models, with better fuel efficiency. Dublin’s Lord Mayor, Oisìn Quinn, said that “Dublin City Council wants car clubs operating from on-street parking spaces because we believe they will play an important role in improving traffic management in the city.”

Car-sharing is a popular alternative to owning a vehicle, and the model has been adapted in cities across Europe and North America. As well as the advantages for the environment and for Dublin’s roads, there is an extra bonus. Members using the cars won’t have to worry about paying for parking at pay-and-display places, as this is covered by a fee that GoCar pays to the city council.

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