Rome's car sharing scheme has increased thanks in part to the city's recent European Mobility Week initiative from 16-22 September during which 41 new people signed up. A total of 119 people registered in September alone - the highest monthly number since 2010, according to Rome's agency for mobility.
Since car sharing was introduced in Rome – with an original fleet of ten cars – the amount of car sharers has gone from 1,018 in 2009 to 2,474 today. Records show that the service clocked up over 1.3 million km worth of journeys around the capital last year, with this year's statistics pointing towards a further increase.
By the end of this year the fleet will be increased to 114 with the addition of 10 Citroen C-Zero electric cars, all of which will be equipped with satellite navigation, and the vehicles are available from 73 car parks spread out across the city centre.
The service, which is only available to residents, costs €100 in registration and deposit fees and then another €100 for the annual subscription. Once you’ve booked your car and started driving you then pay for the actual time of use and kilometres driven.
Car sharing users benefit from free parking in the blue-striped parking areas, can enter the ZTL (the traffic restricted areas of the historic centre) and use the dedicated lanes for taxis and buses.
For full details including tariffs, a map of car sharing collection points and how to register.