San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 28, 2010
Gettaround, Inc. the leader in person-to-person car sharing, today announced support for California Legislature Bill 1871 introduced by Assembly Member Dave Jones (D-Sacramento) to easily enable car sharing for significant climate and resident benefits.
Car sharing is a growing trend across North America where vehicles are shared on an as needed basis. Car sharing takes vehicles off the road, it reduces green house gas emissions and supports sustainable transportation choices. Existing law is not explicit in its support for person-to-person car sharing, an innovation on the traditional model. Currently, any reimbursements accepted by an owner for sharing their personal vehicle may require that it be classified as a commercial vehicle at the discretion of the underwriting insurance company.
“California has a proud history of championing the environment and can continue to be a leader on the sustainability front by encouraging sharing behavior. This needs to be made explicit. If passed, this bill would prohibit a motor vehicle from being classified for insurance purposes as a commercial, for-hire, or permissive use vehicle solely on the basis of it being used for car sharing," said Jessica Scorpio, co-founder of Gettaround, Inc.
Based at the NASA Ames Research Park in Mountain View, Gettaround, Inc. has been working with transportation and environmental organizations, as well as local governments to ensure that car sharing is recognized as a sustainable mode of transportation and can be made readily available.
“Gettaround supports a comprehensive approach to addressing climate change and transportation challenges our communities are facing," said Scorpio. "Positive change always starts with the individuals, and this type of legislature is one step in the right direction. We applaud Assemblymember Jones’ efforts to clarify the law around this important new transportation sector.”
“Owning a car can be expensive and vehicle sharing programs are a great way to help connect people with cars when they need them,” said Assemblymember Jones in a written statement. He also echoed the significance of the initiative, saying, “Individual car owners who do not use their vehicles for extended periods of time should be able to share their vehicles without the risk of losing their individual car insurance.”
Gettaround, Inc. the first person-to-person car-sharing company, launched in July of 2009. Gettaround is a car sharing community built on trust and openess. Gettaround's system enables car owners to rent out their cars to trusted friends, co-workers, and neighbors. It facilitates all aspects of the transaction and Gettaround, Inc. provides insurance for the duration of the rental. For further details, visit http://www.gettaround.com.
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