Posted June 06, 2020 16:12:54The government has said it will roll out a car-share service to its major metropolitan areas over the next six months.
The National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) has been urging the government to launch the service, arguing it is needed to reduce traffic congestion in major cities.
“It’s the right thing to do, it’s a good investment for the economy and we can’t let that opportunity slip away,” NADA chief executive Shane O’Brien said.
The Government says it will fund the project through its vehicle and vehicle-sharing levy (VVL) scheme, which it says is already being used to finance roads and highways.
“There’s a whole host of other schemes that we’ve been working on, including car-pay and a whole range of other initiatives, that will all come together in the coming months and years,” Transport Minister Jacinta Allan said.
“The key is that we get it right.”
Ms Allan said the VVL scheme was the largest car-parking program in Australia, covering a total of 4.6 million car-purchases.
She said a $20,000 vehicle would be able to park for free for the first 12 months.
“There will be a cap on the number of vehicles that can park in a single VVI scheme,” Ms Allan said, adding that there would be “no limits” on the amount of time an owner could park a vehicle in the scheme.
The VVVLA has already received more than $30 million in state funding to help build and launch the car-pooling system, but Ms Allan has said the Government would only spend $2.5 million on the scheme over the first six months to avoid “a backlash”.
The program will also include the ability for owners to rent out their vehicles, with a limit of eight vehicles per household.
“What we’ve got to realise is that in a city like Sydney, with the density of car-owning households, we’ve only got a limited amount of parking space,” Ms Allen said.
She also said the program would be similar to the current auto-park service, with users paying for the vehicle with a monthly rental fee.
“So the rental of a vehicle is something that is similar to that, it is a rental of that vehicle and then it is paid into the VSL and that’s the key, is that the vehicle itself is the vehicle that is used by the person who pays the rental,” she said.
Mr O’Brien said the government was determined to ensure the scheme was viable and that it was not too late to get the service going.
“We are committed to this because we know the challenges of the program,” he said.
He said the scheme would provide an alternative to the rental cars, and would be a “cost-effective and cost-effective way to help reduce congestion”.
“The VVL scheme is already having an impact on traffic and we want to be able for people to use it as an option and then be able take their vehicle into their home,” he told the ABC.
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