GoCar celebrates its 15,000 trips
Ireland's car-sharing initiative, GoCar, has just celebrated its one-year anniversary. Since the service launched, GoCar has surpassed expectations, accumulating almost 15,000 trips, growing its fleet to over 70 vehicles and enjoying a membership base of over 2,000.
Membership growth for GoCar can be largely attributed to the license granted by Dublin City Council in July 2013 to operate on-street from their 30,000 pay-and-display parking spaces. This license enabled GoCar to initially place 50 vehicles from 31 highly visible, convenient pay-and-display locations.
GoCar works on a pay-per-trip basis; this allows users the freedom to access a vehicle when needed. Members using on-street GoCars aren't charged for parking at any pay-and-display parking space, allowing users to budget for the essential vehicle trip they wish to make, while removing the stress and cost of NCTs, vehicle servicing and insurance premiums.
GoCar hopes to exceed 20,000 trips this year and add more bases in Dublin. Last month, GoCar added a new base to the UCD campus. Further additions are due at St Stephens Green and Merrion Square in the coming months.