What is car share

The City of Port Philip offers an integrated transport network of sustainable and healthy travel option such as walking, bike riding and the use of public transport. For times when a vehicle is needed car share enables you to have easy access to a vehicle, without the hassles and costs of owning and parking a car.

Car share schemes are privately operated, membership-based services which provide access to conveniently located passenger cars and vans. Rental costs include vehicle maintenance, fuel costs and roadside assistance.

Residents and businesses can become members of a car share scheme and vehicles can be rented for the hour or by the day, on demand.

About car share in CoPP

Car share offers a cost-effective alternative to owning a private vehicle, it is a great way to have access to a car without the hassle of purchasing and maintenance. A reduction in car ownership in our city can help traffic and parking pressures on our streets, benefiting the wider community.

Car share aligns with our Move, Connect Live Integrated Transport Strategy, Council's vision is for a connected and liveable City with a range of travel choices that are convenient, safe and accessible.

The City of Port Phillip is home to over 200 car share vehicles from our four qualified providers. Vehicles can be found in designated parking bays across the city and returned to these locations once your booking is completed. For more information on the services and to join please visit the providers sites listed below:

Some local residents make their own vehicles available for sharing through the neighbour-to-neighbour car sharing platform Car Next Door.

Read our current Car Share Policy here

We are currently consulting on the Draft Car Share Policy until 30 October head to Draft Car Share Policy | Have Your Say Port Phillip to to complete the survey, sign up for a workshop. 

Benefits of car share

According to the  RACV , research has shown that every car share vehicle takes around 10 cars off the road. Users of the service cut their total vehicle use by 15-50%, switching trips (previously made by cars) to public transport, walking, and cycling. This assists Council to improve parking availability and reduced traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emission through reduced vehicle ownership and trips

These benefits generate secondary benefits including:

  • social equity as people can access a vehicle without the prohibitive cost of owning one
  • increased physical activity through increased walking
  • greater local expenditure

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