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New car-sharing initiative in Cork starts today apparently in an attempt to reduce the number of cars on the streets.

GoCar, which allows motorists to book and rent cars when they need them, will be fully operational in Cork by July. The service will be operated by Mendes GoCar , specialists in sustainable transport , based in Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary, and Cambio, a firm which operates car sharing in cities in Germany and Belgium.

The venture, backed by the city council, will see 4 designated on-street parking bays on Anglesea Street, Wandesford Quay, and two bays near UCC for the GoCars fleet — six Ford Fiestas, a Ford Focus and a Transit Connect van.

The vehicles can be booked using the internet or phone. Motorists then use a smartcard to unlock the vehicle before inputting a PIN number to start the engine. GoCar MD Graham Lightfoot said the initiative will give motorists a high-quality alternative to ownership of a private car. “You can book a car for as little as one hour from €5 and just pay as you go on hours and kilometres,” he said. “There are no hidden costs, no parking fees, and no maintenance, repair or NCT costs. Insurance and motor taxes are also covered.”

The city council has signed up for 3 cars for use by staff during work hours.

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