Car share changes will tackle congestion, boost sustainability
Wednesday 17 July 2019
We are expanding our support for car sharing to reduce traffic congestion and increase sustainable transport options for locals and visitors to our city.
Parking spaces available to car share providers will be increased by 131 spaces over the next 5 years, bringing the total to 283.
Every 40th car share vehicle introduced by any single operator will be wheelchair accessible, making it easier for people with disability to get around Yarra.
Sustainable methods of transport like public transport, cycling and walking are readily available in Yarra. However for the times when a car is necessary, car sharing is a cost effective alternative to owning a car.
Research shows that one car share vehicle can replace between 7-10 privately owned vehicles, which reduces congestion and demand for on street car parking. Convenient access to a car share service can also lead to people replacing 15-50% of their car trips with public transport, walking and cycling.
Yarra Council formally adopted its Car Sharing Policy on 16 July 2019. Please note while the Car Share Policy has been adopted by Council, the implementation plan is yet to be finalised. The policy will come into effect once the implementation plan has been finalised and adopted by Council. It is expected that the implementation plan will be considered by council in late 2019.
The policy is about managing a balanced increase of car share locations to increase sustainable transport options for the local community. It will also guide how any requests for new car share bays are to be assessed by council.
Read the full council resolution from Tuesday 16 July 2019.