Car-shar­ing com­pany GoCar launches Bray base

Bray People - - NEWS -

IR­ISH car shar­ing com­pany GoCar has launched its car shar­ing ser­vice in Wick­low.

The first GoCar base in the county will be lo­cated at Bray Dart Sta­tion. The car shar­ing ini­tia­tive has al­ready launched in Dublin and Cork and has re­sulted in an in­creased and cost-ef­fec­tive al­ter­na­tive to own­ing a car.

Colm Brady, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of GoCar, said: ‘We are de­lighted that GoCar has now launched in Wick­low and more peo­ple can avail of car shar­ing across the coun­try. With GoCar plan­ning to dou­ble the num­ber of ve­hi­cles avail­able in Ire­land this year, we are call­ing on Wick­low res­i­dents to let us know where ex­actly they would like to see car shar­ing spa­ces so we can make car shar­ing ac­ces­si­ble to as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble.’

Any­one in­ter­ested in re­quest­ing a GoCar base near their work­place or home can visit GoCar.ie/Lo­ca­tions.

GoCar is also seek­ing ap­proval from Wick­low County Coun­cil to fur­ther ex­tend its bases across the Gar­den County, of­fer­ing in­creased ac­cess for res­i­dents and busi­nesses to car shar­ing. The com­pany hopes to see ex­pan­sion of Wick­low GoCar bases ahead of Euro­pean Mo­bil­ity Week this Septem­ber, dur­ing which the EU is en­cour­ag­ing lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to launch and pro­mote per­ma­nent mea­sures to en­abled bike and car shar­ing.

You can book GoCar ve­hi­cles on­line or via the app for as lit­tle as an hour at a time. The car is then un­locked us­ing ei­ther a GoCard or a phone with the GoCar app with the keys lo­cated in­side the ve­hi­cle. Car shar­ing rates start from €8 per hour, with 50KM of driv­ing in­cluded on each trip and users ben­e­fit from no fuel, in­surance or city park­ing charges.

Since it was launched in 2008, over 11,000 driv­ers have signed up to GoCar, and it now offers over 240 ve­hi­cles across 170 lo­ca­tions. Car shar­ing re­duces car de­pen­dency, con­ges­tion, noise and air pol­lu­tion, and frees up land tra­di­tion­ally used for park­ing spa­ces.

A GoCar base will be lo­cated at Bray Dart Sta­tion.

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