(From in-process draft report of 29 January 2014)
This report being prepared under the auspices of the Kennisplatform Verkeer en Vervoer (KpVV) is aimed to inform local and national government on latest developments in the fast-growing field of carsharing, in an attempt to put this relatively recent transport concept into a broader strategic planning frame. Carsharing has over the last decade proven itself to be an effective transport option which is, or at least should be, a key element of an integrated mobility strategy for people and for cities.
Carsharing is a thrifty transport mode and is largely self-financing. People choose to carshare because they see it as a better way to get around for a portion of their daily trips. Properly positioned it offers potential for energy savings, pollution reduction, and reduced requirement for expensive public investments in infrastructure to support cars or conventional public transport.
Until recently however it has been largely neglected by national governments — and has for the most part been treated on an ad hoc basis, if at all, by, the cities who are the primary beneficiaries and partners. It is now the moment to take steps. This paper makes a small number of recommendations, among them a proposal for a national car sharing label to help cities make better use of its full potential.
The present document is being presented to and supported by series of city workshops, aimed at ensuring that the final report fully reflects the requirements of local and and national policies.
Note: “Going Dutch” is a popular English-language expression which refers to the practice of people each covering their own costs when dining together or sharing other events in which there is an amount to be paid. The term has been chosen as the title for this project because it evokes notions of sociability, equity, sharing and self-reliance, which are also keys to the success of any carshare operation.