Originally Appeared: The Sacramento Bee on May 10, 2018
Cars are expensive to buy and maintain, and 95 percent of the time they sit unused. Fortunately for Californians, state lawmakers have the opportunity to make car ownership more affordable and practical.
Assembly Bill 2873 would support internet-enabled car sharing, which connects vehicle owners with consumers and travelers. These legislative efforts have been stalled by rental car companies, which want to preserve the status quo and prevent competition (“Don’t let startups play by own rules,” Viewpoints, April 23).
Californians have shared their personal cars nearly 74,000 times through the Turo service. Nearly half of Turo users joined to increase their mobility, while another 20 percent joined to earn money; the average user earns $539 a month by renting their vehicle for just 10 days.