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January 4, 2022, 09:02

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During the year, residents of the capital made more than 50 million trips in rented cars.

The Moscow car-sharing park numbers almost 30 thousand cars. The Russian capital is the world leader in the number of cars available for short-term rent. In second place is Tokyo (20.6 thousand cars), in third – Beijing (15.4 thousand cars).

Moscow has achieved such indicators in just six years – the first car-sharing services appeared here in 2015. Then the fleet had only 350 cars, by 2020 there were 25 thousand of them, and over the last year almost five thousand more were added.

There are four car sharing operators in Moscow. You can rent not only economy class cars, but also vans, electric cars and premium cars. And for all users of the service, parking in the city is free.

More than 50 million trips per year

If in 2020 Moscow residents made 44 million trips by car-sharing cars, then in 2021 the number increased to 50 million. The service is already actively used by more than one million people. And every year it becomes more and more convenient.

In September the rules have changed providing car sharing services. On them, the permissible dimensions for cars have increased – up to 495 centimeters in length and 200 centimeters in width. Thanks to this, companies can replenish their fleets with new models, and Muscovites have more choice, including from E-class cars: BMW 5, Audi A6, Mercedes E-class, Genesis G80.

The ecological class of the car was increased to Euro-5. This made it possible to reduce the amount of harmful emissions into the atmosphere. Now the entire car-sharing fleet meets the requirements, and new cars will be purchased at least of this class.

The maximum rental period for a car was increased to seven days. Rented cars can now be used as a full-fledged replacement for personal cars on weekends and holidays.

In addition, all preferential parking permits are now issued electronically — no more face-to-face participation and wasting time. This greatly simplified the filing process and reduced the amount of paper used to zero.

City support

It is beneficial for the city to maintain short-term rental services. Each of their cars is used by an average of six to seven people a day. This means that one car sharing car replaces seven personal ones, and this reduces the load on the roads, the level of air pollution and the congestion of parking lots. Thanks to car sharing, more than 100 thousand personal cars are not used every day, said the Deputy Mayor of Moscow for Transport Maxim Liksutov.

Since 2018, Moscow has been providing subsidies to car-sharing operators to pay off part of the lease payments. Payments can be received for cars made in Russia. Thanks to subsidies, over four years the companies received 516.3 million rubles to renew their vehicle fleet and purchased more than 24 thousand cars. The average age of a car sharing car is two years, among them there is not a single car older than four years.

The ability to rent a car at any time changes the transport behavior of Muscovites. Paying on time encourages a more balanced approach to the “demand for travel” and more economical planning of movement around the city. Car sharing in Moscow is no longer just a “car around the corner” that can take you from point A to point B. It is a new model of relationships between people who rationally use a common resource. The service is not inferior in comfort to a personal car, and sometimes even surpasses it.

New perspectives

According to experts, the potential of car sharing is far from being exhausted. Thanks to him, young drivers are no longer in a hurry to buy a car. Compared to 2000, the number of 18-year-olds who, after obtaining the license, want to immediately buy a car, has decreased by 30 percent.

According to Maxim Liksutov, Moscow plans to continue developing the service – car sharing will have even more functions and opportunities, and city residents will have more choice. Already now you can book a car of any operator in the application “Moscow transport”, And from July 2022 – pay for the service in the same place. This application works on the principle of MaaS, allowing you to find a suitable route and showing traffic in real time. Cars of all car sharing operators appeared on the map. Users no longer need to navigate between apps looking for a suitable car – they are all displayed on one screen.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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