Corporate Car Share Program

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Car Sharing Reduces Capital Investment.

A corporate car share program invovles inter-governmental and/or sharing assets with the local community. It often involves cooperation with an established car sharing organization (CSO) and helps local governments minimize the number of vehicles in their fleet while still ensuring that all task requirements are met. They can be used as part of vehicle and fleet right-sizing and help reduce vehicle trips and also help local government's interact with the community.

In such a program, the local government will share vehicles with the community during times when the vehicles would otherwise not be used. It can help reduce the number of vehicles needed in the community, having positive effects on congestion and public transit use and potentially reducing economic burden on families of purchasing and maintaining a large asset. Since 2007, the District of North Vancouver (DNV) has been involved with the Co-operative Auto Network and by the end of 2008 the City of Vancouver should have a similar program. The partnership is and will continue to help both free up capital.The City of Philadelphia is involved in an innovative partnership with PhillyCarShare. The City has reduced its fleet by 329 vehicles while maintaining service levels and reducing fuel, insurance, parking, and maintenance costs. / PhillyCarShare

Developing a program involves analyzing your overall fleet needs and identifying where redundancies exist. The fleet is streamlined to include a series of vehicles with different specifications, according to typical tasks, that can be shared by employees and another group, such as the community. This requires developing a scheduling function that keeps the vehicles organized for both government and community use. For example, a local government could share five of their ten vehicles with community members after 5pm on weekdays and on weekends while reserving the right to priority over the vehicles. This would allow the local government to have meet all vehicular needs while reducing capital burden and improving conditions in the community.

The program can also be a great way to develop a clear understanding of fleet requirements and make adjustments accordingly. Car sharing is increasing in popularity across North America.

Benefits

A car share program can result in significant operational and financial benefits:

  • Reduced GHG emissions and related pollutants.
  • Reduced operating costs.
  • Reduced insurance costs.
  • Reduced maintenance costs.
  • Freed up capital.
  • Increased vehicle availability and selection.
  • Reduced vehicle kilometres travelled.
  • Greater mobility.
  • Increased employee satisfaction.
  • More efficient land use, including a reduction in parking stalls.
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