Car sharing

A GoGet car in a parking podYou don't need to buy your own car, you can share with a neighbour.

Car sharing is a new concept in personal transport. Four car sharing options are available in Yarra and offer an alternative to private car ownership.

How it works

Join a car sharing organisation and you then have access to cars on demand for rent - either by the hour or by the day. And when your trip is done, you have no parking hassles.

  • Members pay each time they use a shared car.
  • Cars are parked in special reserved parking spots (called "pods") around the locality.
  • Cars can be booked by phone or internet.
  • Cars can be booked for trips as short as one hour.
  • Petrol, insurance, registration, maintenance and cleaning are included in the hire charge.

How to join

Flexicar, GoGet and GreenShareCar vehicles are available in Yarra. Work out which company will work best for you. Check the car pods they offer in your area, as well as comparing prices and service.  

Car Next Door

Car Next Door is a neighbour-to-neighbour car sharing initiative. It connects car owners who do not use their vehicle all the time with people who do not own a car, but may need one occasionally. It uses residents’ own vehicles, providing an alternative to traditional car sharing providers.

For more information, visit the Car Next Door website.   

Why we support car sharing

Yarra City Council supports car sharing because it offers the potential to reduce parking demand on Yarra streets. One car-share vehicle can replace many privately-owned vehicles. Some Yarra residents only own cars for occasional or weekend use. These cars often sit idle much of the week taking up on-street car spaces that neighbours or visitors might otherwise use.

Council also supports car sharing to reduce driving and car dependence. It promotes the sharing of scarce resources and makes non car-owning lifestyles more viable in Yarra.

Council supports car sharing by making permanent, on-street car parking spaces available to car sharing organisations and promotes car sharing by assisting its own officers to use car sharing cars for work travel.

It is hoped that this will help council reduce Council's car fleet and costs as well as helping to make car sharing more viable and available to more people in the Yarra community.

Further information
Heidi Marfurt
Sustainable Transport Officer
9205 5734

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