Bumpy road for car-sharing operators
Govt to provide more lots for shared cars, but firms also face issues of visibility and abuse of assigned lots
Published on Mar 17, 2014 7:27 AM
Car-sharing operators' three biggest bugbears are a need for parking spaces, unauthorised use of their designated lots and a lack of awareness about what they do.
Which is why Car-Sharing Association of Singapore president Lai Meng is encouraged after the Government announced last week that it will make available more parking lots in HDB estates for shared cars.
While high demand has made it very difficult for providers to secure spots near new public transport links in recent years, Mr Lai said it is critical to provide shared cars near hubs like MRT stations as people who live nearby are less likely to own a vehicle.
The association has found that car-sharing locations near public transport hubs have the highest rate of use.
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It allows people to have an occasional use of a private car when other sustainable transport modes can't serve their purpose.
- Mr Tony Dufays, regional director of UITP