Transport Malta has published a Request for Proposals (RFP) concession contract to find a partner to run a national car-sharing programme for the Maltese Islands based on a “smart mobility” concept. Interested parties have been invited to submit their proposals to provide a fleet of vehicles to operate a car-sharing service in Malta and Gozo.
According to the plan, registered users will be able pre-book a vehicle online and travel between exclusive designated public parking spaces. The Maltese agency requires that at least half of the suggested fleet be composed of electric vehicles and aims for car sharing to be used in conjunction with other modes of public transport, such as local buses and ferry connections.
The service should bring advantages to users as well as to the environment and the economy. Exclusive car parking and car sharing can contribute to the improvement of air quality in urban centres and improve energy efficiency of fuels. Not having to drive around for a parking space means less fuel is used, hence lower carbon emissions.
The scheme should also contribute to reduced traffic congestion because its goal is to have fewer privately owned vehicles on the road. Between 90 and 95% of the lifetime of a privately owned vehicle is spent parked and idle, thus implying that the investment in it together with high operational costs are far more than paying for the use of a car only when one needs to.
Transport Malta will be carrying out an educational campaign to explain the service to the public.