Transport Sharing

Produced By MNEP, Date: Mar 08, 2019
 

Owning a private vehicle in Malta, while very con​venient, has many attached recurring costs.  Apart from the cost of purchase, fuel and maintenance, which are the most obvious, one must also consider the annual service, VRT, road licence, insurance, vehicle deprecation (the car loses its value over time), parking (including garage rent), loan interests (on the car if purchased by loan and on the garage if the garage is bought). 

A new average family car can cost its owner approximately €6,562 in annual costs when taking into consideration all the above mentioned expenses. On the other hand, should one car per household be replaced with the exclusive use of shared transport, cost savings can amount up to €1,640 annually.  This is because these costs are spread among several people instead of having one person shoulder the burden.

Using shared transport comes with other benefits apart from just costs savings such as the availability of exclusive parking spaces at the end of the destination and the right to use the Bus Priority lanes, thus avoiding congestion.  The use of shared vehicles also comes completely hassle free since, once the user completes a journey using a shared vehicle, the user need not think of that vehicle again.  Therefore, dealings with the insurance company, the payment of the road licence, the vehicle annual service, any recurring maintenance, storage of the vehicle are no longer the responsibility of the user.  

Vehicle sharing reduces cars off the road, because people who frequently use vehicle sharing tend to sell one of the cars owned by the household (keeping in mind that the trend in Malta is that each person over 18 owns his/her own car) and eventually start using alternate modes of transportation. Alternative transport modes are made more convenient when one pairs them with vehicle sharing as the shared vehicle can be left at the closest station and the journey is continued by bus/ferry or even on foot.

In fact, shared transport works best when combined with public transport.  Say for instance, you are in Valletta and want to go to Gzira for a meeting.  First, you can go to work using a bus – which is still the most convenient way to arrive in Valletta.  But to use the bus to go to Gzira will then take too much time (especially if you are already late for that meeting).  Using a car, being owned/shared may also take time due to possible congestion along the way.  A more convenient option would be to use the ferry to get to Sliema – that takes 10 minutes.  Book a bike from the station next to the ferry landing site,  cycle to Gzira, and leave the bike at the station.  If it is raining, you can use a shared car to head back – and use the Bus Priority lane since all shared vehicles are electric.  Combined together, the services give very flexible options which can be adapted according to the needs of your journey. 


Fewer people sitting behind the wheel of a car has its benefits; it reduces traffic congestion and decreases air pollution.  But there are many personal benefits too; apart from saving money, these may include overall better health due to an increase in biking and walking. Even if you just walk to get to a vehicle-share station, it's better for your health than constantly driving everywhere. Transport Sharing also saves time! With exclusive parking at each station, you will not need to travel around in search of an available parking spot, but simply leave the vehicle at the closest station.  It also offers people access to various types of vehicles - car/bicycle/pedelec/scooter – depending on the need for that particular journey.


Car Sharing Video

Bicycle Sharing Video​ 

 

FAQs- What is the difference between carpooling and vehicle sharing?

 

Carpooling is when a car owner shares his vehicle with other people to travel from and towards the same/or similar destinations. The idea behind carpooling is to stop commuters from having to make the same trip in their own separate cars and thus reducing the number of cars on the road Online Applications are available to facilitate communication between interested carpoolers and to help organize their trips.


On the other hand, vehicle sharing refers to a cost per minute rental service for transportation. Once the user has registered, that user can utilize a number of vehicles which are publically available.  The same user can also park at exclusive parking spots which are reserved for shared vehicles only.  Once the user has arrived and parked the shared vehicle, another user can make use of the same vehicle. This means that fewer vehicles are left parked and unused during the day and therefore less parking space is required to accommodate the same number of commuters.  

 
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