Melbourne has become the first city in the country to ban the sharing of cars and trucks on public transport.
The new measures were announced on Thursday by Transport Minister Andrew Constance and the Victorian Government.
“We want to reduce the carbon emissions that are contributing to climate change,” Mr Constance said.
“As we continue to take action to reduce our carbon emissions, we need to consider our transport system as a whole and as a city as well.”
If we are to meet the Paris Agreement targets and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, it’s going to require a more robust approach to our transportation system, including our car sharing and the car sharing industry.
“The new rules are expected to reduce pollution by as much as 60 per cent compared to a previous plan to limit car sharing to only between 15 and 30 per cent of the city’s daily trips.
The Victorian Government has been criticised for its decision to allow the city to become the latest major city to ban cars from public transport due to the impacts of climate change.
In 2016, a proposal to limit private car sharing in Melbourne to less than 1 per cent was defeated by a majority of voters in the city council.
The State Government says the changes will help save more than $1.5 billion a year, while reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by as little as 0.1 per cent.”
By removing vehicle-sharing and vehicle-share vehicles, we can save thousands of tonnes of CO2 per year, which is the equivalent of an additional 10,000 cars or trucks,” Mr Pallas said.
The Government says it is now considering other options to reduce emissions.
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