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City eyes car-pooling scheme to cut traffic

A CAR-pooling system that operates in a similar way to the Dublin Bikes scheme could get the green light.

Customers could collect a car from a designated on-street site and use it for a period of time before returning it.

Dublin City Council has been in talks with Go Car, which operates a pooling system in Dublin and Cork.

MD Colm Brady said it has 19 cars at 16 locations in the capital and six in Cork city.

The proposals will be considered by city councillors next Tuesday in a move that could involve up to 1,000 private cars being rented from regular pay-and-display parking spaces.

Payment for the parking spaces would be incorporated into the overall fee for running the service, so those who rent the vehicles will not have to worry about hourly parking charges.

According to the council, the scheme could take 15 cars out of the city for every one rental car available.