GoCar (carsharing)

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GoCar
Type Carsharing
Industry Carsharing
Founded May 2008
Headquarters Dublin, Ireland
Number of locations 51
Area served Dublin, Cork
Key people Colm Brady & Niall Carson

GoCar is the first Carsharing service in Ireland. It launched in Cork in September 2008, with the support of Cork City Council as a pilot scheme. Cork City Council gave GoCar use of 3 car parking locations in Cork City as part of a wider pilot scheme.[1][2] Ireland's National Spatial Strategy has noted CarSharing as one element of the strategy.[1] GoCar teamed up with Cambio CarSharing to provide the service. Cambio are one of Europe's largest Carsharing providers currently based in Germany and Belgium.[3] GoCar expanded to Dublin in September 2010, and is now in 32 locations in Dublin City Centre and 5 in Cork City Centre with a number of bases having multiple vehicles.

Investment[edit]

During June 2012, GoCar was relaunched in the Mansion House Dublin by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Andrew Montague. GoCar announced that it had received significant funding from the owners of Irish Car Rentals which would allow the company expand to having 200 cars on the road by the end of 2013.[4][5]

Dublin City Council bye-laws[edit]

On 1 August 2013, Dublin City Council's new bye-laws in relation to car clubs came into effect. GoCar was presented with the city's first on-street Car Club licence on the same day. To coincide with the announcement of this development, GoCar increased its number of cars in Dublin to 50, with 31 of these cars availing of the new on-street licence in 32 locations around Dublin.

All of these new locations are highly visible and convenient, and won't be liable for on-street car parking charges. This means, a GoCar with this licence can be parked anywhere in the city and not have to pay parking.

"Dublin City Council wants Car Clubs operating from on-street parking spaces because we believe they will play an important role in improving traffic management in the city. Research shows that the number of miles people drive goes down and there is an increase in walking and cycling as Car Clubs become established." (Dublin's Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn)

Dublin City Council sees numerous benefits in Car Clubs, including:

  • Each car can be accessed by multiple drivers
  • Car Clubs reduce the requirement for private transport
  • Car Clubs will help reduce the number of cars in Dublin
  • The vehicles used by car clubs are newer than the average car, and therefore more environmentally friendly and safer

GoCar Fleet[edit]

90% of the GoCar fleet are low emission vehicles. Currently the fleet consists of a range of cars including:

  • Hyundai i10
  • Hyundai i30
  • SEAT Mii
  • Ford Fiesta
  • Ford Focus
  • Ford Transit Connect

Current Locations[edit]

Dublin[edit]

  • Arran Quay
  • Barrow Street
  • Beechwood Road
  • Bishop Street
  • Blackpitts
  • Bridgefoot Street
  • Clontarf
  • Dawson Street Car Park
  • Donnybrook
  • Dorset Street/NCR
  • Drumcondra
  • IFSC
  • Iveagh Court
  • Haddington Road
  • Hanover Quay
  • Herbert Park
  • James Street
  • Killester
  • Leicester Ave
  • Lombard Street
  • Milltown
  • Mount Street Lower
  • New Church Street, Smithfield
  • North Wall Quay
  • Northwood, Santry
  • Phibsborough Road
  • Pleasants Street
  • Raheny
  • Ranelagh
  • Rathgar Tennis Club
  • Rathmines
  • Ringsend Road
  • Rotunda Hospital
  • South Lotts Road
  • Sandymount
  • Sir John Rogersons Quay
  • Stoneybatter
  • Vernon Ave
  • Werburgh Street

Cork[edit]

  • College View
  • Wandesford Quay
  • Copley Street
  • Kent Station
  • CIT

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b McFadden, Angela (2008-09-23). "Transport Minister Gives the Green Light to the GoCar Sharing Scheme". Epoch Times. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  2. ^ Comyn, Paddy (2008-08-27). "Council backing for first city car-sharing scheme". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  3. ^ "GoCar: A car… Without the hassle of owning one!". Cork City Council. 2008-09-19. Retrieved 2009-03-28. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Car-sharing platform GoCar to put 200 cars on roads by end of 2013!". Silicon Republic. 2012-06-20. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  5. ^ "GoCar announces opening of new bases!". Business and Leadership. 2012-06-20. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 

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