"Carsharing services will actively grow in the coming years, especially in large cities. But with the development of unmanned driving technology, two alternative models – taxi and carsharing –will be merged," Grigory Mikrukov, an expert of the Analytical Center told to RIA Novosti information agency correspondent.
Carsharing: between Taxi and Public Transport
Carsharing started to develop in Russia in 2012, when the first carsharing operator Anytime was established. An important event for the carsharing market was the regulation of the Government of Moscow of August 2015, which reduced parking charge for carsharing companies to RUB 60 thousand for 3 years, while other drivers have to pay RUB 250 thousand for an annual pass.
"World experience demonstrates that demand for carsharing occurs only when people find personal transportation vehicles difficult, inconvenient and expensive to use. When using a personal car, it is necessary to bear costs of repair, maintenance and insurance, and in case of carsharing, it is necessary to pay only as per tariff," Mikryukov said.
According to him, carsharing competes both with taxi and public transport, occupying a medium price segment. Due to the fact that a passenger performs a function of a driver, carsharing tariffs are lower than those of taxi. On the other hand, as opposed to public transport, the level of trip customization is notably higher.
Source: RIA Novosti
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