ORANGE has beaten Perth and Darwin to trial on-demand car rental, thanks to a partnership between GoGet and the NSW Department of Primary Industries.
GoGet began a six-month trial on Tuesday with six cars at the Kite Street site, which will allow the DPI’s 900 employees to be more mobile, but also be available for the public to use.
Users register with the organisation and receive a smartcard, which allows them to tap on and unlock a vehicle they have booked.
Keys and a fuel card can then be found inside.
When the user is finished, they return the vehicle to its parking space and tap off.
Orange is GoGet’s first regional location, with cars located on the street, outside the DPI building.
GoGet’s head of locations and partnerships, Christopher Vanneste, said the DPI was a key factor in trialling Orange with employees sustaining the service during the week and tourists taking over on weekends.
“It’s a lot like car rental but a lot more convenient – you can use a car by the hour or by the day,” he said.
“The best part is we cover everything so petrol’s included, you don’t have to fill out the paperwork, you just rock up and go.”
Minister for Trade and Industry Niall Blair said car sharing services had been successful in metropolitan areas and were a flexible, cost-effective alternative to government fleet cars.
“But more importantly, members of the public and in particular tourists can actually access this service,” he said.
He said travellers who used air or rail transport would benefit, as well as residents.
“If they need a vehicle to go and check out some of the vineyards or some of the sights around the area, they can jump in one of the GoGets, have a look around, return it and then head back to Sydney,” he said.
“This is another alternative for families who don’t have a second car that may need it for the odd occasion – the beauty is you sign up for the account, you use the car when you need it and you only pay for what you use.”
GoGet will use Orange businesses for fleet servicing and smash repairs, while Wangarang Industries will clean the cars.
To sign up, visit https://www.goget.com.au.