Car sharing launches in Polish cities

November 03, 2016

Car sharing services are being launched in Polish cities, including the capital Warsaw, to encourage alternatives to car ownership.

A new car sharing service launched in Krakow last month has reached 1,000 users within weeks of opening.

Traficar will operate a free-floating car-sharing service, which allows vehicles to be picked up and dropped off anywhere in the city. Users locate the nearest car using a mobile phone app.

There had been expectations that a free-floating car-sharing service would launch in the Polish capital of Warsaw in 2016 offering up to 500 vehicles including electric cars. This has been delayed until 2017.

Project leader Lukas Puchalski said car sharing would help to reduce congestion and traffic levels. He added that Warsaw has about 640 cars for every 1,000 inhabitants, which is double the volume of Berlin, Germany.

He added that the service was aimed at encouraging occasional car users to consider giving up their vehicle in favour of car sharing.

The Warsaw city authorities have agreed to offer concessions to run car-sharing services, lasting for between four and eight years. All vehicles must be new at the start of the contract and must be replaced within four years or 100,000km.

A third city, Wroclaw, which will host the World Games next year, is also in the process of introducing car sharing.

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