Consumers living in Canberra, Australia are now able to join up with a new peer-to-peer car-sharing platform allowing private vehicle owners to rent their own cars out to others.
The new car-sharing service allows people to rent out their car for $5 an hour or $25 per day plus 33 cents per kilometre when they’re not using it through an online platform called Car Next Door.
After running in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Gold Coast, the platform has launched in the nation’s capital after the ACT Government created a new CTP insurance to cover shared vehicles outside the ‘personal’ or ‘hire’ categories, in an Australian first.
Car Next Door Founder Will Davies says the platform helps car owners offset the cost of car ownership while giving borrowers affordable and easy access to cars when they need them.
“Car-sharing has been popular in the ACT since it was launched three years ago by GoGet and Popcar, who brought in new cars specifically for car sharing but Car Next Door is different,” Davies said.
“Our fleet is made up of real people’s cars that would otherwise just be parked, making better use of the millions of under-used vehicles already sitting in our streets.”
According to Davies, cars are used for only four per cent of the time, with his platform designed to provide extra income, reduce parking congestion and wasteful car ownership for the 96 per cent of the time vehicles sit idle.
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