07 January 2007
Travel2Work
Patrick Crozier

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Is it me or have there been all sorts of schemes down the years to get people car sharing? of which, this is just one such example.  I can just about remember it being murmured about during the first oil crisis.  Back then, I seem to remember asking why car drivers didn’t just charge people, to be told that that was against the law. 

Which is the problem.  My guess is that while people are quite happy to share their cars on a commercial basis, sharing which implies something much closer to, well, something much closer, is far less attractive.  What if you get saddled with someone you don’t like, for instance?

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  1. One problem with car sharing is the insurance companies often forbid it & generally don’t like the increased liability of multiple passengers.

    This is, in my opinion, a market failure in that it is in the interest of each insurer to individually discourage this but the overall passenger miles & liability is unchanged, indeed fewer cars means less liability against pedestrians.

    I would favour governmentaction forbidding such forbiddence.

    Posted by Neil Craig on  20 January 2007 at 06:15 pm

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