German government announces car-sharing initiative

January 05, 2017

The German government has announced measures to encourage the installation of car-sharing infrastructure. 

The draft bill focuses on making parking spaces available for use in car-sharing. It proposes that  new dedicated parking spaces could be created on public streets for those who make their cars available for sharing. In addition, existing parking spaces could also be repurposed so that they are available to all cars belonging to the car-sharing scheme. 

Local communities will also be able to create free or concessionary parking rates for the car-sharing vehicles and it is proposed that the they will also have the power to make their own decisions concerning these moves. 

The news comes as Volkswagen makes its latest expansion into mobility services with the purchase of North American parking payment operator PayByPhone. The acquisition by Volkswagen adds sites in London, Paris, Boston, San Francisco and Seattle. The unit will focus on parking payments while Volkswagen’s mobility unit Moia, which was established in December, will focus on ride-hailing and car-sharing services. 






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