Car2go won't wait for Toronto to OK its full car-share service
A Car2Go vehicle is parked on a street in central Berlin on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. The service, operated by Mercedes-Benz and Smart car manufacturer Daimler launched a new intercity service recently. (AP / Frank Jordans)
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, March 24, 2016 12:52PM EDT
TORONTO -- Car2go says it's tired of waiting for the City of Toronto to establish parking regulations for shared vehicles and will go ahead with its full service in Canada's largest city on March 31.
The move by Car2go's car-sharing offering would bring its Toronto operation into line with what's already available in other North American cities.
Its Toronto service has been restricted compared with Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary and all other Car2go cities because members haven't been allowed to leave their vehicles on the street in legal parking spaces.
Car2go is designed to offer one-way car sharing -- meaning vehicles can be left on a residential street space or a parking lot once a driver is finished and then picked up by a another member driver who locates the car with an app.
The Daimler subsidiary considers the one-way feature to be a competitive advantage over other car-sharing services such as Zipcar and Enterprise CarShare, which also operate in Toronto.
Car2go says it has tried unsuccessfully to get the Toronto city government to establish regulations for parking shared vehicles on the street but won't wait any longer and will provide full service beginning at the end of the month.
The company says its members aren't responsible for parking tickets, so long as they abide by Car2go's parking guidelines.