The Spanish Association of Car Sharing has brought together the administrations and public entities with national experts to address the present and future of mobility shared at its fourth annual conference which took place last may 30.
For those who still are unfamiliar to this term, the Car Sharing consists of the car hire for 2 euros/hour or 25 euros/day, this represents a saving of between 2000 and 4000 euros per year for users, each one of these vehicles replaces between 12 and 20 private cars.
To this annual conference has been attended by representatives of the City of Madrid, Community of Madrid, Ministry of Environment, General Directorate of Traffic or CC.OO. and guests as the Spanish Association of Car and Truck Manufacturers (ANFAC), the Spanish Federation of Taxi (Fedetaxi), among others.
In the different discussions they have treated the advantages offered by the car rental by the hour to the cities: reduction in the number of vehicles in circulation, rationalization of car use and lower emissions of polluting gases.
These benefits coincide with the objectives of the platform digital DGT 3.0 of the General Directorate of Traffic has announced important news for the sector of car sharing. Among these innovations the most important is that from September vehicles for car sharing will be connected to a data center that will identify and assign specific privileges according to their degree of involvement in the project of sustainable mobility, with the objective of reducing emissions, minimize congestion and comply with the roadmap of zero dead and injured. The DGT also considered enable in the near future free movement of this type of vehicles in the Bus lanes-HOV.
The participation of the public administrations for the success of these mobility initiatives have been very well appreciated in this meeting. As well, Guillermo Garcia-Perrote, representative of ANFAC has commented that “carsharing is efficient, professional and good for all. Replace private cars and involves a mobility more fluid. These initiatives are good when there is public-private partnership”. The technical secretary the Spanish Federation of Taxi, Emilio Domínguez, also shows his agreement. “carsharing is an advantage for users and is not a competitor of the taxi, but an add-in in the measure that it eliminates private vehicles from circulation”.
This is a start, but the Spanish Association of Car Sharing (AEC) hopes that the authorities will have yet more of an active role in spreading the benefits of car sharing and the implementation of a global strategy as it has been done before in other european cities. Paris, for example, with a discount of 35% on the parking spaces for users of car-sharing in London places are free of charge and in Hanover the car sharing is fully integrated with the public transport.