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Car-sharing is based on the simple idea of being able to use a car individually without having to own one but

in a way that is just as convenient. It is an innovative local mobility service complementary to public transport. It implies a change of behaviour towards car use, as the car is only used when really necessary.

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What is car-sharing?

The UITP car-sharing platform


As the international forum for transport policy, UITP signed a cooperation agreement with ECS (European Car-Sharing association) in January 2005. In June 2005, UITP launched its own car-sharing platform to offer networking opportunities and exchanges between car-sharing operators, industry suppliers and operators or authorities, interested in setting up such car-sharing schemes. The UITP car-sharing platform has the following missions: An international network of transport professionals, bringing together all the key mobility players interested in car-sharing, at least once a year, through its dedicated platform. The point of reference for the car-sharing sector, acting as a centre of good practice and knowledge on current developments and future trends. The European library on car-sharing. An international forum for seamless mobility policies, stimulating interaction and debate by organising regular workshops and other events on car-sharing. A prime advocate and promoter of seamless mobility and car-sharing, through media campaigns and project opportunities.

Whats in it for you?


As a customer

As a public transport operator

As a city or a region

UITP, the International Association of Public Transport, represents over 2500 urban, local and regional mobility actors from 80 countries on all continents.
If you are interested in joining this platform, please contact: UITP Rue Sainte Marie 6 B 1080 Bruxelles Belgium Tel: +32 2 673 61 00 Fax: +32 2 660 10 72 studies@uitp.com www.uitp.com

Car-sharing @ UITP: some history As flexibility has become the key concept for the 21st century, mobility has replaced transport individual and public. In order to provide seamless mobility to their customers, public transport companies are providing an ever broader mix of mobility services by building new alliances with actors such as car-sharing operators, taxis, etc With this in mind, UITP organised a workshop on Public transport and car-sharing: together for the better (Bremen, December 2002) and published the Bremen Paper presenting guidelines for synergies between public transport and car-sharing. PTI issue 06/2002 was dedicated to car-sharing and a Car-Sharing Village was set up at the UITP World Congress in Madrid (May 2003).

As a customer: A car on call near your home, when you need it. No hassle of repairing and cleaning, and all for a lower cost than owning one, if you drive less than 12,000 km per year.

1 Become a member of your local car-sharing company

7 Pay for exactly how much youve used it

2 Choose a car

6 Return & park the car

As a public transport operator: A substantial reduction in energy consumption and air pollution in the region, as car-sharing induces changes in mobility patterns towards use of public transport and soft modes. Substantial tracts of parking land can be dedicated to other activities, given that a shared car replaces 4 to 8 private cars.

3 Book a car

5 Drive the car

4 Access the car

Looking at car-sharing schemes up and running across the globe, the following common features can be found: a long-term relationship between customer and operator total availability of cars day and night, 7 day a week (24/7) specially designed stations throughout a city very short usage periods (at least one hour) a pay-as-you-drive tariff structure, with all inclusive fares (including insurance, petrol etc) combining hourly and km rates a range of recent models of car fitted with high-quality technical equipment easy booking through several channels (internet, call centre, etc)

As a region or a city: A partner to achieve sustainable mobility patterns in the regions and to broaden the range of mobility services offered in order to gain and keep customers.