Municipal Carsharing

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Sydney, Australia

Sharon Ede:

"The city of Sydney introduced a car-sharing policy in 2011 to encourage shared use of vehicles.

Car-sharing operators must offer fuel-efficient and low-emissions vehicles, make the cars available via a 24-hour web- and phone-based booking system, and provide a monthly report on the use of car-sharing parking spaces. The policy contains provisions that prevent spaces allocated to car sharing from being sold or transferred to new operators, and there is an annual fee for car-sharing operators to cover the administration costs of the policy.

According to the city of Sydney, they currently provide around 700 car-sharing spaces, which are utilised by two operators." (


Sharon Ede:

"As reported by Sydney Media, just five years after the policy was introduced the city has already exceeded its target of signing up 10 percent of households by 2016. Moreover, an average of nine people sign up to the scheme every day, which is utilised by over 26,000 city drivers – roughly 19,000 residents and 7,000 local businesses. An independent evaluation of the policy’s impact was commissioned by the city in 2012. The SGS Economics and Planning study found that car sharing had already saved users $21 million per year, mostly from deferred car purchases amounting to $18.5 million. The policy also contributed to decreased travel times, reduce congestion, and lower carbon emissions." (

More Information

  • View the full policy here:

  • Resources: City of Sydney car-sharing website: