The city of Rome might still be grappling with problems like an efficient public transport or waste management system, but the Eternal City remains one of the most fascinating places to live in and to visit and many innovative projects are trying to improve every day life for residents.
The service operated by Roma Servizi per la Mobilità
One of these is the car sharing service operated by the local government agency Roma Servizi per la Mobilità, with a fleet of cars (city cars, sedans and mini vans) parked in pick-up points spread out across the city, that Romans can use on-demand: all they have to do is subscribe to the service and then book a car when they need it (a 15-minute heads-up is enough). Cars can be booked anytime, 24/7, online or through a mobile app (or you can phone a dedicated call center). You also need to pay, apart from the yearly subscription, for using the car; the fee is based both on time and mileage – for instance, if you use a Fiat Panda for 3 hours and 15 km it will cost you around 15 euro.
Choose your pick-up point
At the moment, the public car sharing service has 160 cars in over 110 pick-up points, but Roma Servizi per la Mobilità is expanding the number of vehicles and covered areas. Cars can be used for up to 72 hours and for a minimum of 60 minutes; just be aware of the fact that you need to drive your car back to the same pick-up point (that’s why there’s one in almost every neighborhood).
Share cars, reduce pollution (and costs)
The City of Rome is promoting a car sharing model for numerous reasons. First, if people use a car only when they really need it and own a lower number of vehicles (typical Roman families own multiple cars), they will save money (on recurring expenses like insurance and taxes) and Rome will have less cars driving around, which helps reduce pollution, traffic and the very unpleasant jungle of parked and double-parked cars. Moreover, car sharing vehicles enjoy significant benefits like entering the traffic restricted-areas (basically, the center) and free parking on the streets (that normally would cost at least 1 euro per hour). According to Roma Servizi per la Mobilità, a typical Roman driver would save almost 3,000 euro in a year.
Van-sharing for commercial deliveries
Delivery services might choose a public shared van too. Roma Servizi per la Mobilità has just introduced a van-sharing service with an electric Nissan e-NV200 van for commercial deliveries; the pick-up point is in via dei Pontefici, near Via del Corso, right in the center of Rome, to help make goods delivery quicker and greener for Rome.
And cheaper too: subscription for the van-sharing service costs just 5 euro a year for business users at the moment. Utility giant Enel is a partner of this initiative, with its electric charging points.