Car parks for car-sharing

The State’s peak motoring body has welcomed a proposal that would make car-sharing a more common feature in Brisbane’s high density apartments.

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Courier Mail reported Brisbane City Council was looking to overhaul the city’s planning rules to allow incentives for developers to include car-sharing arrangements in new residential buildings.

RACQ’s Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said the plan made sense in high density areas like the Brisbane CBD.

“Traditional vehicle ownership is already changing and will continue to in the future,” Dr Michael said.

“With more people looking at car-share and flexible driving schemes it’s important Brisbane’s high density residential areas support these options.

“Active and public transport options aren’t suitable for every trip, but cars can be expensive to own and can sit un-used for 95 percent of the day – car-sharing is a cost-effective and convenient solution to access a car when you need one.”

It was reported developers would still be expected to meet car parking requirements, but some of the parks normally reserved for residents could be used by body corporate to manage a car-sharing operation.

City planning chairman Matthew Bourke said residents had indicated they wanted more travel options, including shared transport, during the recent Plan Your Brisbane campaign.

“Many CBD and inner-city residents want the convenience of access to a car, without the hassle of maintaining it, which is why car share is a great option,” Mr Bourke said.

While RACQ supported the idea, Dr Michael said Council needed to be flexible with implementation to ensure it offered a competitive solution.

“Car-share schemes are expanding across Australian cities including Brisbane, and incentivising body-corporates and developers to work with this growing industry is a great way to offer improved city-wide mobility for Brisbane residents,” she said.

The changes would be open to public consultation.