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16 October 2018

Communauto receives permit for car-share project in Toronto

First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com

Communauto will receive a permit to take part in the City of Toronto’s free-floating car-share pilot programme and will make 200 vehicles available from November.

John Tory, mayor of Toronto, says: “I've encouraged the introduction of these new technologies and believe that there can be many benefits, including potentially reducing traffic and congestion by removing cars from the road.”

The Communauto Flex service is free to join and offers users a pay-as-you-go structure. Daily trips cost $0.41 per minute, $15 per hour, $50 per day and $35 afterward. Drivers can pick up and drop off the cars at legal on-street parking spaces within the service area.

Going forward, Communauto intends to make more than 500 cars available in Toronto after the trial.

In May, Car2go suspended operations in Toronto because of what it described as restrictive regulations introduced by the city’s authorities.

Paul DeLong, Car2Go’s North America CEO sent a letter to users which says the companies taking part in Toronto’s new pilot will be charged $1,499.02 per vehicle and that many streets which operate a residents’ parking permit system will not be available for carshare anymore.

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