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Westerpark wants hybrid cars for car sharing

4 December 2006 – Greenwheels and ConnectCar have been given the green light to double the number of cars for car sharing in the Westerpark district from 40 to 80. If they switch to environmentally friendly hybrid cars, they will further be exempted from permit fees.

The district has calculated that deploying 80 car sharing cars will reduce the number of cars by 218, which will reduce the shortage of parking spaces as well. Carbon dioxide emissions would drop by 240 thousand kilogrammes per year. Air pollution would be reduced even further if hybrid cars are used.

Westerpark wants to encourage car sharing companies to use larger cars. “We found out that people who use the car sharing concept often stop doing so when they start having children, because the current cars are too small. That is a pity”, says spokesperson Suzanne van de Wiel.

Greenwheels is interested in using 29 more cars, ConnectCar 11. At present, almost 500 Westerpark residents have a car sharing subscription.

According to the district’s policies, cars are not to play a prominent role in Westerpark. The district has been subsidizing car sharing since 2000. The companies involved have indicated that they do not need financial support anymore in order to grow.

The plans to expand car sharing have been scaled up in response to a motion introduced by the Green Party last October. The motion further asks for collaboration with other districts. Alderman Dirk de Jager will raise the issue at a meeting with his colleagues in other districts in the near future.

More: Green Party motion


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