City issues first permit for free-floating car-share pilot

The City of Toronto issued the first parking permit as part of the free-floating car-share pilot project to Communauto on Oct.9.

“Car-sharing technologies have the power to change how people go about their day-to-day lives and get around this city. I’ve encouraged the introduction of these new technologies and believe that there can be many benefits, including potentially reducing traffic and congestion by removing cars from the road,” said Mayor John Tory. “I’m proud we’ve worked to strike a balance between the benefits of car-sharing and the potential impacts it could have on neighbourhoods. I’m thrilled that the team at Communauto is among the first to join the pilot and operate here within these new regulations.”

City council approved the 18-month free-floating car-share pilot project in April 2018. Communauto is the first company to receive a permit and will begin providing its FLEX service in November.

Car-sharing is a new-mobility industry that is emerging with the growth of the sharing economy and the evolution of mobile technology. Free-floating car-sharing is a car rental model where users will typically access a mobile app that can help them reserve cars that are parked nearby for short-term use.

Up to 200,000 Toronto residents have been members of a car-sharing program. The free-floating car-share pilot represents the beginning of a regulated approach for options in Toronto that make it easy for residents to park and car-share close to home.

More information about the pilot is available at bit.ly/FFCarSharePilot2018.

Communauto was founded in Quebec City in 1994 and is the longest-standing car-sharing service in North America. With a fleet of more than 2,000 vehicles, the company currently serves 12 communities across Canada, including Edmonton, Waterloo Region, Hamilton, London, Guelph, Kingston, Ottawa, Gatineau, Montréal/Laval/ Longueuil, Quebec City/Lévis, Sherbrooke and Halifax. Communauto group operates gas, hybrids and electric cars and offers both round-trip and free-floating car-sharing. More information is available at communauto.com.

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