SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, July 1, 2019 — The Seoul Metropolitan Government will start the third phase of its car sharing program dubbed “Nanum Car” in July to spread car sharing culture that anyone are able to use a car anytime, anywhere even though he or she has no car.
Launched in 2013, the Nanum Car program has continued its popularity – the number of Nanum cars had increased to 4,700 in the second phase (2016 to 2018) from about 3,000 in the first phase (2013 to 2015), and the accumulated number of users had nearly tripled to 210,000 during the second phase from 72,600 in the first phase.
Celebrating the seventh anniversary of the Nanum Car program, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will increase the number of operating companies to four from the previously two operators (SoCar and GreenCar). The newly added companies are Dilka and PeopleCar. Also, it will double the number of Nanum car to 10,000 during the third phase by 2022 from the current 4,700 in an effort to make sharing cars a semi-public transportation means.
In addition, the Seoul Metropolitan Government has a plan to secure 1,000 pieces of parking space dedicated to Nanum cars at the city-run public parking lots by 2022 to allow more citizens to use the sharing car. During the second half of this year, it will secure 156 pieces of parking space to open them to the two newly joined operators.
To institutionally support the program, the Seoul Metropolitan Government revised the ordinance on May 2, 2019, so that it is allowed to dedicate at least one piece of parking space for a sharing car at public parking lots and parking lots attached to public organizations.
※ As of June 2019, the number of Nanum cars operated at public parking lots in Seoul: 224 (excluding the public parking lots in the autonomous district offices)
On-the-road rental stations will be expanded on the streets at the Green Transportation Zone inside the Seoul City Wall, such as Sejong-daero and Toegye-ro, which are scheduled to be reorganized, for citizens to rental and return the car easily. The percentage of electric sharing vehicles will also increase to 70 percent by 2022 from the current 10 percent, contributing to improving air quality.
In connection with the scheme to restrict the operation of the level 5 vehicles within the green transportation zone, which will be pilot-carried out from July, and officially started to be penalized, if violated, from this coming December, the driver of the level 5 vehicles will be provided with a 30 percent discount on the rental of the sharing car if they join the early car scrapping program.
One of the newly introduced services is the integrated one-way zone that will be pilot operated during the third phase. Currently, one-way services are provided, but they are expensive because each operator provides in its own way.
If the integrated one-way zone is established, it will be possible for users to use it regardless of operators. A total of 31 integrated one-way zones are expected to be created centering on youth houses near subway stations in 2020 and a system that the four operators are able to share the rental status will be established. The operation of the integrated one-way zone will improve efficiency of one-way service and contribute to lowering the service charges.
Meanwhile, a pilot operation of “Village Car” will also be implemented starting next year so that citizens allow to use the Nanum cars easily near their home. If the one provides the parking area in front of his/her house for the Nanum Car, he or she will be given a 50 percent discount for the sharing car, and local residents who use the Nanum car will get a 10 percent discount.
Youth start-ups, disabled people and low-income citizens will be offered discounts to make the Nanum cars easier to use. Starting in 2020, 250 young people who wish to start their own businesses will be selected among the beneficiaries of the city’s youth allowance, and 30 percent discount for sharing cars will be provided for six months. Discount benefits for disabled people and low-income households will be expanded from 2020. The city government plans to increase the value of coupons worth 10,000 won per month to 20,000 won to eliminate traffic blind spots for the socially vulnerable and promote their travel convenience.
To launch the third phase of the Nanum Car program, the Seoul Metropolitan Government will sign an agreement with the four operators on July 1. According to the agreement, they are committed to expanding sharing cars, new services and electric vehicles. The third phase will be run for three years from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022. The city government will evaluate the four participating operators’ performance in implementing the agreement every year and renew the agreement on a yearly basis.