1 in 8 free-floating users sells own car
Car sharing through the free-floating principle, where the user can drop off the vehicle anywhere he likes, is seeing very positive results in Brussels, according to Member of Brussels Parliament Paul Delva (CD&V). He says one in eight users have sold their own car, and one in five users decided not to buy a car themself.
Delva had asked Brussels Mobility Ministers Pascal Smet (sp.a) for an evaluation after one year of free-floating car sharing services in Brussels. Contrary to other car-sharing systems such as Cambio, with free-floating the vehicle does not have to be returned to the location where it was picked up. The system started in June 2016 in Brussels, and sees a continuing growth in the number of users.
No more car owning
In June 2018, Brussels university VUB will evaluate the system thoroughly, but meanwhile minister Smet told Delva in reply to a parliamentary question that currently 13 percent of free-floating users have sold their own car and 20 percent decided not to purchase a car for themselves.
Delva: “Free-floating clearly has its part to play in Brussels’ ambitions to lower the number of passenger cars on its territory. We just have to make sure free-floating is not luring public transport users away.”
Delva wants to see the free-floating services expanded throughout the whole of Brussels. “Currently, these systems are popular in the less populated areas in the southeast of Brussels. In order to relieve congestion in the whole of Brussels, the system would have to be expanded, even beyond the city limits.”