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Peer-to-Peer Car-Sharing Could Flourish Under New Legislation
House Bill 3149 clears barriers to “peer-to-peer” car-sharing, a boon to the environment and the pocketbook
Oregon Environmental Council commends Representative Cannon and Senator Dingfelder for championing House Bill 3149, legislation that clears legal barriers to peer-to-peer car-sharing in Oregon. House Bill 3149 passed the House 47-10 on March 21, passed the Senate 25-3 today, and now—because it was amended in the Senate—returns to the House for concurrence.
SALEM, OR—Oregon Environmental Council commends Representative Cannon and Senator Dingfelder for championing House Bill 3149, legislation that clears legal barriers to peer-to-peer car-sharing in Oregon. House Bill 3149 passed the Senate 25-3, and the amended bill repassed the House 53-4 today.
Traditional car-sharing firms own and rent their own vehicles. Under peer-to-peer car-sharing (also known as personal vehicle car-sharing), the firm enables transactions (and covers insurance) for individuals who want to put their own car into a pool of available rental vehicles. With peer-to-peer car-sharing, individuals are able to rent a car from someone nearby or earn money renting out their own car. Given that car ownership is a major household expense and cars depreciate quickly, personal vehicle car-sharing is a great way to give car owners the potential to generate revenue from their vehicle. At the same time, it gives families who would prefer not to own a car (or a second car) ready access to a vehicle, which means savings of hundreds or even thousands of dollars on car ownership costs each year.
Oregon Environmental Council has long been a supporter of car-sharing because of its environmental benefits and served on the oversight committee for the first-in-the-nation for-profit car-sharing company, Carsharing Portland, which launched back in 1998.
“Car-sharing families drive less than car-owning families, which leads to both economic and environmental benefits,” said Chris Hagerbaumer, deputy director at the Oregon Environmental Council. “If you can avoid owning a car, you can save money, and by driving less you provide the broad public benefits of less traffic congestion, less reliance on petroleum, and less pollution.”
With passage of HB 3149, Oregon is now an attractive place for peer-to-peer car-sharing firms to set up shop. As the bill worked its way through the legislative process, representatives of two personal vehicle carsharing companies, Getaround and RelayRides, provided testimony on how their firms operate and their interest in serving the Oregon market.
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