GoCar was officially launched by Noel Dempsey TD, Minister for Transport, on 19 September 2008 during European Mobility Week.
CarSharing in urban areas is a cost-effective alternative to owning your own car. It allows people access to a car when they need it, from a place near their home or workplace. The car can be used for short trips lasting as little as an hour or booked for a few days. You only pay for the hours you keep the car and the distance you drive.
CarSharing has been successfully implemented in various European countries such as Switzerland, Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy and Britain. They are known as “car clubs” in Britain and “CarSharing” in continental Europe.
GoCar is operated by Mendes GoCar Limited, a small Irish consultancy specialising in sustainable and accessible local passenger transport operations, research and training, in partnership with cambio Mobility Services, which operates and supports CarSharing in 10 German and 13 Belgian cities and has 20 years experience of CarSharing and with the support of Cork City Council.
The initial GoCar fleet consists of 8 vehicles, 6 Ford Fiestas, 1 Ford Focus and 1 Ford Transit Connect van. They are available at 3 GoBases (dedicated parking stations) near City Hall (Anglesea Street), near UCC (College View) and by Clark’s Bridge (Wandesford Quay).
Noel Tummon, Traffic Division, Cork City Council
Tel: 021 492 4452