Friday 18 January 2019

Car firms join forces on driveway sharing


"This is a match made in heaven for smart homeowners," said ParkPNP CEO Garret Flower.

Fearghal O'Connor

Two Irish companies aiming to revolutionise the way people use their cars have agreed a new partnership that could see Dublin residents earn money by renting out their driveways.

Dublin-based digital startup Parkpnp has joined forces with GoCar, Ireland's largest car-sharing company, to set up a scheme that will see people earn cash or credit in return for hosting a GoCar in their driveways.

The scheme, part of GoCar's expansion into the Dublin suburbs, will also allow those who take part the benefit of a pay-as-you-go car available to use whenever they need. The roll-out of the scheme comes on the back of a successful pilot the companies have been operating in the Deansgrange area of the city for the last year.

"This is a match made in heaven for smart homeowners," said ParkPNP CEO Garret Flower.

"If I had a driveway I'd be the first to sign up. Literally, people are getting paid to have a new car in their driveway - without any of the overheads that come with car ownership."

Colm Brady, the managing director of GoCar, said that over 80pc of GoCar members do not own a car "and we know there are plenty of people in the suburbs who would love to get rid of their cars, but don't have access to GoCar in their area".

It recently rolled out a corporate car-sharing service to allow businesses a pool car that can be used by employees or clients.

Brady said the ParkPNP deal would allow homeowners "access to car sharing for themselves and their communities, and also benefit from the space they've freed up now they can get rid of their own car.

"There has been a lot of enthusiasm about our expansion, and we're constantly open to feedback from the public."

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