Vincent council backs car sharing plan

GoGet CarShare user Bruce Jeffreys.
GoGet CarShare user Bruce Jeffreys.

At their March 10 meeting, councillors approved the policy with an amendment that stated once approved, the City would write to owners and occupiers in the immediate vicinity of a proposed car share bay to inform them of the change.

GoGet Carshare approached Vincent in May last year seeking support to create the car sharing scheme. The provider currently services Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide, giving members access to cars parked locally.

GoGet Carshare business development manager Christopher Vanneste said he was told the City would look into developing a policy after his proposal last year.

‘We are very happy that they have done so, since it’s well established that a car share policy encourages new transport options and better outcomes for the community,’ Mr Vanneste said.

‘We’re always reaching out to councils and communities across Australia but things are still very much in process and in the early stages in WA.

‘We are still exploring our options.’

Mr Vanneste said the future of the provider’s involvement in Vincent was not set in stone but he anticipated a positive response from the community wherever there was a demand for the service.

‘This is especially true when a policy is in place like it is in Vincent,’ he said.

‘It is really great to see Vincent being one of the leaders in car share in WA.

‘There are also certain elements of Vincent’s policy, such as the use of poorly utilised visitor parking for car share, which are a first for Australia.’