Exclusive: German Government Drafts Law to Support Car Sharing
After more than two years of negotiations, the German federal government has put the finishing touches on draft legislation to support Germany’s booming car-sharing market, Handelsblatt has learned.
“The goal is to make it possible for the states to set up special parking places and free parking for car-share vehicles,” Transportation Minister Alexander Dobrindt told Handelsblatt.
To station vehicles in reserved parking places, companies would have to prove that their vehicles comply with limits on carbon dioxide emissions and other technical standards, according to a copy of the draft legislation obtained by Handelsblatt.
“We want to create environmentally and climate friendly transportation,” Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks told Handelsblatt.
The German states, which regulate local streets, would have to implement the provisions of the law.
The car-sharing market has grown rapidly in Germany over the past several years, particularly in major cities. In 2011, just 190,000 people were registered for car-sharing services. By 2015, the number had grown to more than a million.
The automobile industry has sought to capitalize on the boom. BMW, for example has partnered with the car-rental company Sixt to expand car-sharing services in North America and Europe.
Read the full story in Handelsblatt Global Edition on Thursday.
Picture: Daimler’s car sharing program car2go. Source: Daimler