Move over Uber and Lyft, here comes yet another competitor in an increasingly competitive world of car sharing.
Communauto, which operates in more than a dozen cities, including Edmonton, Halifax, Ottawa, Montreal, and Paris, France, will be the first member to join Toronto’s “Free-Floating Car-Share Pilot,” which was officially launched in June.
The delay was a result of another car-sharing service, Car2Go, pulling its service out of the city saying the pilot passed by council in April was overly restrictive rendering its service “inoperable.”
The tension began when Car2Go started instructing its customers to park in any legal space, including in residential areas. That angered some councillors and homeowners who lived in neighbourhoods where street parking is scarce.
Since then Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina councillor Mike Layton has made a push to loosen the rules given the number of Torontonians who don’t own cars and need the service big time.
In July, council adopted updated regulations, which don’t allow for parking on streets where permit parking is at 100 per cent capacity, allowing for some flexibility on residential streets. Council also decided councillors could veto car-share parking in their wards, but only with advance warning to the company and a delay in the change taking effect.
The company expects to have 200 cars on the streets by early November. – CINEWS