Carsharing began to conquer in Prague. The car in the Czech Republic already shares a hundred people
The car-sharing service, known as carsharing, began operating in Prague as a novelty. In the Czech Republic, it is now used by a hundred clients who take turns in one car. They don’t care about anything, they just ride. Carsharing is said to have a perspective in Germany, as half the million people use the system.
“We are only in Prague for the third week, so it is still early for the evaluation. We have two cars in operation – the Škoda Fabia Combi and the Škoda Roomster. These two cars are now shared by ten people, “said Stanislav Kutáček, chairman of the Autonapůl cooperative, to E15.cz.
Kutáček expects to add more cars to Prague soon: “Of course, it depends on the demand for our service.” He now has two cars in operation – the Škoda Fabia Combi and the Škoda Roomster. These two cars are now shared by ten people. The vehicles are parked in publicly accessible car parks or parking spaces.
How does the service work? The applicant registers for the team, pays a refundable deposit of five thousand crowns and then rides as needed. And of course invoices apply.
Models from abroad claim that carsharing pays off economically for people who run less than 10,000 a year. “Such a calculation is only indicative,” explains Kutáček.
According to him, it depends on the type and age of the car, because in addition to all operating costs, insurance, service and other payments, it is also subject to amortization, ie redemption of the purchase price.
It’s about missed opportunities
“In other words, it’s an opportunity cost. If you do not buy a car for 250 thousand crowns, you can do something else with this money, at least deposit it in a term account, and have interest on it. These are the opportunity costs in the economic jargon, “explains the head of Czech carsharing.
The price of a kilometer traveled in Autonapůl now ranges from 5.50 to 7.60 crowns, to which you must add two crowns for each hour booked and a hundred-crown monthly flat rate. The price per kilometer includes all costs, including insurance, fuel and, for example, the cost of washing the car.
The service already operates in two domestic cities. In Brno it has over 80 users, individuals or households, or even small non-profit organizations or companies, in Liberec there are six users. Autonapůl operates a total of 14 cars in the Czech Republic.
Currently, clients hand over cars in person, but next year the company intends to launch a contactless handover system. Simply simply on the map where the nearest car is and you unlock it and start it with a chip card or mobile phone.
Ministry so far only with support on paper
Carsharing and the Ministry of Transport, which supported the draft of a new transport policy.
“However, we have not negotiated with any of the ministries, nor do we intend to ask for any support. A small improvement in legislation could be, for example, an amendment to the road tax law: it would make sense for vehicles in the carsharing system not to have to pay road tax. If the ministry would like to express its proclamatory support by some act, this legislative regulation is offered, “Kutáček told E15.cz.
Server E15. cz asked what support the carsharing the Ministry of Transport will actually give. “Carsharing has proven to be an alternative in some European countries for drivers who travel few kilometers a year. In addition, it represents an ecological mode of transport, which is why we have included it in the long-term transport concept. This means that we anticipate this possibility in the future and we will take it into account when drafting legislation or methodological guidelines. But financial support or special relief for carsharing is not on the agenda now. It is a service that its users choose because of its economic advantage, “replied E15.cz, spokesman MUDr. Tomáš Neřold.
“We did not address the Prague City Hall either. We have experience from Brno that if it already cooperates with the local self-government, it is important to address the mayors of the city districts. Support cannot be expected from the municipality, on the other hand, representatives of city districts may be interested in improving mobility services for the inhabitants of their districts, “the E15 probe concluded. cz Kutáček.
Until the publication of the article, the Prague City Council did not respond to the E15.cz question regarding the support of carsharing.