Travellers to the Orange airport will now have access to a permanent fleet of share cars. The launch is a first-of-its-kind for regional Australia and will permit anyone arriving at Orange Airport access a vehicle for as little as one hour.
The launch comes less than a year after Orange became the first major regional hub to host carshare. That move to carshare followed a six-month trial for a government department by GoGet and residents of Orange.
People are able to book a car for as long as they need through an app. Once they have signed up to be a member of GoGet, a smart card that gives them access to the vehicles is sent out to them. From there they swipe their smart card across the windshield reader at the car they have chosen and then have access to the car. After using the vehicle they return it to its space and swipe off. They don’t pay for fuel, rego, maintenance or any of the costs usually associated with owning a car and they can use the vehicles for multiple days if needed.
Christopher Vanneste, Head of Locations and Partnerships at GoGet said : “GoGet is Australia’s first and largest professional car sharing service and operates in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, Orange and Newcastle. GoGet is designed to provide a reliable, convenient and affordable transport service that allows people to live without ownership.”
“Orange is our fourth airport carshare launch, beating cities like Brisbane and Canberra. It shows the city’s vision to support local businesses and tourism and how car share is a natural part of its growth and transport mix.
“People travelling to this region will be able to tap into a shared vehicle right off their airplane without any lineups or paperwork. The launch also re-enforces how the residents of Orange are connected to our network of 3500 vehicles across Australia to support their own travels, as well as their day-to-day driving needs,” Mr Vanneste said.
The carshare fleet will be available to travellers to book online via an app with little hassle and no paperwork. There are now 10 cars in Orange with the anticipation to expand as time goes on.
Each car share vehicle takes ten private vehicles off the road, reducing congestion and freeing up parking for those who need to own a vehicle.
Orange City Mayor Cr Reg Kidd is pleased to see the service go one step further.
“By bringing this service to the Orange Airport, travellers will now be able to jump off a plane, jump in a GoGet sharecar and head into town without a fuss,” Cr Kidd said.
GoGet is operated by CarShare Australia, formed to bring car sharing services to Australia. Founded in 2003 with 3 vehicles and 12 members, today GoGet has over 3,500 vehicles and 150,000 members.
Orange City Council’s Deputy Mayor and Airport Community Committee Chair Cr Sam Romano said : “It’s great to see GoGet launch once again here in Orange, now giving both residents and visitors the option to get around town without the hassle of renting or owning their own car.”