Car Sharing Up During COVID-19

There has been a big increase in the use of car sharing in Australia as people opt out of public transport with COVID-19 cases rising.

Andrew Constance, New South Wales (NSW) Transport and Roads Minister has warned about the risk of COVID-19 transmission while using public transport with the majority of cases being linked to community transfer. Residents of NSW have been urged not to travel unless essential after new cases have increased this week.

Consequently car sharing platforms across Australia are seeing a surge in use as thousands of non-car owners begin hiring them, with some experimenting on electric and hybrid cars for the first time.

Sydney nurse Catherine Matthews is not intending to use public transport and has used the car sharing platform Car Next Door, to get to work and for errands, to keep herself and patients safe.

Another survey respondent joined the 75 per cent of Australians saying they were not using public transport due to concerns about catching COVID-19. Many survey responses indicated walking and cycling were preferred during the pandemic.

Brisbane has followed this trend too with research showing an uptake in cycling and walking. Brisbane City Council data shows an increase of 90 per cent on some days for the bikeways while public transport has been down near 90 per cent.

Car Next Door Chief Executive, Will Davies says national bookings were down in April but were now rising.

Source: AutoTalk
20 July 2020

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