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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Car hire scheme to follow bikes

Allison Bray

Allison Bray

A CAR hire scheme similar to the popular Dublinbikes project is on the cards for the capital.

Dublin's Traffic and Transport Strategic Policy Committee is considering the new scheme that would allow drivers to hire cars from a select number of stations around the city for short periods of time at much cheaper rates than hiring a car or taxi.

Dublin City Council said it was keen to "investigate the feasibility of implementing pilot regional or city-wide car clubs or car-sharing initiatives, in combination with adjoining local authorities and operators, in order to encourage rationalisation of car ownership and decreased car usage."

The car clubs -- which have popped up recently in other major cities -- are touted for easing car congestion and pollution as well as providing an affordable alternative for people who can't afford to buy or hire a car.

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