Saturday, 25. May 2013 - 17:05
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by Lisa Walzel
Car-sharing has taken a new twist in Vienna with a pilot scheme that lets drivers ‘borrow’ a motor.
Some 500 Smart cars are dotted around the capital and anyone who is registered with website car2go can hop into one and drive off.
The scheme is part of an initiative to reduce the volume of traffic on the capital’s roads and cut down on fuel emissions, as well as save citizens the high costs involved with owning a car.
Car2go spokesman Julian Mühling says the project has got off to a flying start with some 80 new clients registering every day.
People wanting to get to their destination quicker than on foot or by public transport can locate the nearest free rental car using a special app on their smart phone. It costs 12.90 euros per hour or 39 euros for the day, this includes fuel, road tax, insurance and maintenance.
And it’s not just car2go’s service that is proving popular with the Viennese. Similar company Carsharing.at, which has 90 fixed locations across Austria, say they have 10,000 members who share 200 cars. But unlike their rival company, their cars have to be returned to a fixed spot rather than left wherever the driver wants.
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