The beloved car-sharing service, Car2Go, is shutting down indefinitely in Toronto, a major disappointment to the company's 80,000 users across the city. As of May 31st, you'll no longer be able to rent the signature blue and white branded cars.
Car2Go blames Toronto council for the shut down, saying that new parking regulations make it impossible for them to continue operating. In April, the city approved a pilot project that will restrict access to 10,000 parking spaces. Car2Go users rely on these spaces to pick up and drop off their rentals.
car2go is being forced to suspend operations in Toronto as of May 31 due to the City of Toronto’s decision to pass a heavily amended pilot that makes our service inoperable. Read more here: https://t.co/3AGcWyorDO— car2go Toronto (@car2goToronto) May 24, 2018
Outrageously expensive parking permits are also to blame. The city's new permits would require Car2Go to pay almost $1,5000 per car. In a public statement, Car2Go executive Paul DeLong calls it a "heavily restricted pilot that ultimately weakens mobility options for Torontonians."
But, the announcement is also a huge relief to some Toronto residents. For those that live in the downtown core, finding street parking is a daily struggle and Car2Go only made the problem worse. Car2Go have always been allowed to park anywhere in the city, including neighbourhoods.
Car2Go has operated in Toronto since 2016, along with other car sharing services like ZipCar and AutoShare. Car2Go's Toronto vehicles will be moved to the company's other locations in Canada - Calgary, Montreal and Vancouver.