14 Troubled Fate of Moscow Car Sharing

Troubled Fate of Moscow Car Sharing

Posted on September 7, 2018 by tim


Carsharing or car sharing (AU, NZ, CA, & US) or car clubs (UK) is a type of car rental where people rent cars for short periods of time, often by the hour. They are attractive to customers who make only occasional use of a vehicle, as well as others who would like occasional access to a vehicle of a different type than the type they use day-to-day. The organization renting the cars may be a commercial business or the users may be organized as a company, public agency, cooperative, or ad hoc grouping. Carsharing is part of a larger trend of shared mobility. Shared mobility includes all modes of travel that offer short-term access to transportation on an as-needed basis either for personal transportation or goods delivery.

However, in Moscow people think it’s a source for free car parts, too. Here are some photos.

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14 Responses to “Troubled Fate of Moscow Car Sharing”

  1. Douglas says:

    Carsharing is an idea that’s too good to be viable. Great concept but very susceptible to miscellaneous crimes.

  2. Collateral Damage says:

    This business operates better than Socialism, even better than a gun to the head that is required for forced Communism.

    If it is subsidized with other peoples money then theft and graft will run the venture into the ground.

    It is why entitlement makes the most violent slaves.

  3. Matt NSW says:

    We get the same thing with rental bicycles in Sydney, they end up everywhere and just as wrecked. As Douglas says, a good idea but doesn’t take into account that a lot of people in this world are dicks.

  4. Douglas says:

    The types of crimes we see here with cars in Russia are about the same as in the US. Statistically speaking.

  5. kwhunter says:

    most of the cars are wrecked…

  6. dogmatix says:

    There was a similar business in Melbourne (AU) called O-Bike, they rented bicycles, you could take them anywhere and leave them anywhere. The whole program was mis-used, and most of the bikes ended up in the Yarra River, or up in trees, high on fences or in people’s gardens. The company was fined for every bike they did not collect or pull out of the river. As a consequence, they have been told they cannot operate in Australia. We are not ready for such a business. We will need to wait until people show sufficient respect for such a service.

  7. phip lüti says:

    Same in switzerland. Dozens of renatl bikes get thrown in lake, are broken in a short time, or get damaged. Sharing free stuff does not work in a modern society.

  8. Richard S says:

    Is this like Car2Go?

  9. Yomama says:

    There’s nothing wrong with the idea, it’s just not executed well. Where’s insurance? If you have an accident you have to contact your insurer and police and they will sort everything out. But if you just give people a free car to use then what do you expect? Knowin human nature, it would be naive to expect the car to come back in the same condition

    • Douglas says:

      People are able to leave these cars in some random lot where there is no one. Therefore they are subject to all kinds of mischief.

  10. Melon says:

    In Hungary, we have a bike sharing and a car sharing system, but they both work well. Not that hungarians aren’t dicks – but the cars and bikes have a lot of monitoring systems and you need to register to use them. So if anything happens, it is traceable back to you. Lo and behold – nothing ever happens. There are no wrecked, stray or stolen bikes or cars.

    So this is a viable idea and can be done. Companies are the real morons who trust their users to that extent that this is possible.

  11. Mr Michael Beswick says:

    In London we have bikes and cars you can rent using apps and don’t get trashed. I don’t see that attraction, as buses and trains stop every couple of minutes.

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