Monday 24 October 2016

GoCar aims to double its fleet and eyes more cities as Irish people get the car-sharing bug

Martin Brennan and Sarah McCabe

Published 20/12/2015 | 02:30

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GoCar will double its fleet next year as Irish people catch on to the car-sharing craze.

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The company already has a fleet of just over 100 Ford and Hyundai cars in Dublin city and at several locations within the M50 ring road. Now GoCar plans to extend the service to the outer suburbia in 2016, with Tallaght Town Centre and South Dublin on the agenda.

The company's Cork fleet will also be expanded and new operations in other Irish cities will be considered, managing director Colm Brady said.

In total, management at the company plan to grow the GoCar fleet from 108 to more than 200 vehicles by the end of 2016.

Car sharing, which allows users to rent cars for as little as an hour at a time, is popular across the EU. GoCar is the only provider in this country. The company essentially acts as a car club; users pay an entry fee plus a monthly subscription and are charged an hourly rate and petrol costs for each trip taken. Insurance and tax are covered by the company.

Cars can be collected from bases dotted around Dublin and Cork. Barrow Street, where Google and other new technology companies are located, is one of its busiest collection and drop-off points.

"We have more than 150 people signing up every month. They are asking us for more cars, and to move the bases closer to their homes" said Brady.

"More and more people are giving up their cars when they break down, or families are moving from two to one cars. We help to bridge the gap. We are also popular with businesses who need a vehicle only occasionally."

As well as traditional cars, GoCar has a fleet of Ford Transit Connect vans for hire which caters for small and medium companies who have no commercial vehicles or who need extra transport at peak times - or for individuals who want to nip to an Ikea superstore.

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