Car sharing

Car sharing

Car share options

The benefits

Car sharing is a convenient, affordable and sustainable transport option for City residents and businesses. The City of Sydney supports car sharing because it enables more sustainable travel habits, and helps keep our businesses and residents connected. It is also an efficient use of parking space – a single car share vehicle can replace up to 12 private vehicles that would otherwise compete for local parking.

More than 21,700 residents and businesses have joined one of the 3 car share schemes that operate in Sydney. Members can book a car online whenever they need one, and pick it up from one of more than 600 nearby parking spaces. 

Car share users are charged by time and distance, at a rate set by each operator. Costs associated with fuel, vehicle maintenance and insurance are usually included in the operator's hire fees. Hourly costs usually range between $6 to $13, plus costs per kilometre.

Car sharing locations

Use the map below to find a share car near you.

Please note: the map displays both on-street and off-street parking.

The map is generated electronically from information provided by GoGet, GreenShareCar and Hertz.

Links

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Find a share car near you

Car sharing and the City

The City of Sydney supports car sharing because it is sustainable, practical, and popular with City business and residents. Car share is an efficient use of parking space, allowing a single vehicle to be used by a large number of people. This reduces congestion and the competition for parking spaces, which ultimately benefits all road users.

Car share also reduces overheads for residents who rarely drive, and do not need to own their own vehicle. The City has the lowest rate of household car ownership in metropolitan Sydney – over 40% of City households do not own a car, compared to only 12.7% across greater Sydney.

We began our car sharing trial in 2007 when 3 car share operators responded to an open expression of interest. Since that time the number of car share members has steadily increased, and in the past 3 years membership has grown from 6,300 to more than 21,700. Nearly one-third are business members.

On average there are 34 members for every car share vehicle parked on the City’s streets. An estimated 15% of City households are now car share members.  

To make sure the public interest is upheld, we impose strict quality and reporting requirements on the car share companies involved:

  • Membership must be available to all local residents and businesses.
  • Vehicles must be fuel efficient and in the lowest emissions category for their type. 
  • 24-hour booking systems must be available.
  • Monthly data must be reported on the use of individual spaces.

In 2012, we commissioned an independent economic appraisal of car sharing in the City of Sydney. The SGS Economics and Planning study found that car sharing has led to an easing of parking congestion and savings to residents of $21 million a year, including $18.5 million in deferred car purchases by residents and business. The study found other benefits include:

  • reduced travel times and traffic congestion
  • reduced parking times
  • personal health improvements from more walking
  • reduced greenhouse gas emissions due to less cars on the road
  • more efficient vehicle usage.

You can download the study report and the City's car sharing policy.

Graph: Car share resident and business membership showing the growth in numbers from January 2009 to July 2014.

Last updated: Thursday, 6 November 2014