In order for the government to meet its mobility strategy goals, 73,000 motorists currently commuting into the capital would have to rely on other means of transport by 2025.
The government's MODU 2.0 mobility strategy reveals that every day, 250,000 empty car seats travel into Luxembourg City. Given the high number of cars most-likely filled with only one passenger, the opportunity for carsharing is rife. The government also believes carsharing could allow individual cars to fit into the mobility chain in a more efficient manner.
The IDEA Foundation calculated the figure that 73,000 motorists would have to give up their cars in order for the government to reach its targets, revealing the figure in an article on sustainable mobility in Luxembourg.
A debate on the topic emerged on Wednesday morning, with the founder of the "Klaxit" platform, an app designed to facilitate carsharing, arguing that carsharing could make cars the smallest and most efficient element in the public transport strategy. The moderator of the debate pointed out that carsharing has environmental, economic, and social benefits, namely allowing people to cut down on costs relating to cars, interact with fellow passengers, and help the environment in reducing the amount of cars on the road.
Julian Honnart, the founder of Klaxit, and his firm are now in charge of carsharing in Luxembourg, and are preparing the website copilote.lu. Arval (a car leasing company) director general, Gerry Wagner, stressed that carsharing would allow cars to remain significant in the mobility chain, by offering monetary and fiscal incentives to car-users.
He added that firms could incentivise employees that use one car to travel to work together, for instance in offering favourable parking spots.
Those promoting carsharing are offering a realistic view of a more sustainable future. After all, the argument is that cars will remain necessary, purely by virtue of the fact that not everyone will live in proximity to a train station or bus stop. The use of carsharing solves the issue of clogged-up roads without taking an extreme approach, such as banning cars.