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Car sharing

Published: 
18 July 2016
Modified: 
08 December 2016

Car sharing allows a number of to take turns using one or more cars. As a private person you can share a car with other people living in the area or people you know. Alternatively, you can take a subscription with a commercial provider. Car sharing has numerous advantages. It can save you a lot of money and is good for the environment.

Narrow street with cars parked on the kerb

Advantages of car sharing

Car sharing schemes are on the rise. In 2014 there were 700 shared cars being used by thousands of people in The Hague. Car sharing is an especially effective solution in neighbourhoods with narrow streets and scarce parking. The advantages include:

  • fewer cars on the street
  • a shared car can be cheaper than owning your own car if you do not drive a lot (less than 15,000 kilometres per year)
  • a better and safer living environment
  • better access for emergency service vehicles

You can find more information (in Dutch) about sustainable transportation at www.milieucentraal.nl. The website www.detestrijders.nl from the Netherlands Society for Nature and Environment (Stichting Natuur en Milieu) features information about the car sharing experiences of residents (in Dutch).

Electric car at charging station

Forms of car sharing

Car sharing can be done in various ways.

  • You can take a subscription with a commercial provider. A car will be available at all times of the day (classic car sharing arrangement).
  • You hire a car from another resident or hire out your own car. Registration is done via an online platform. The car owner determines the price and an arrangement needs to be made for handing over the keys (peer-to-peer car sharing).
  • You lease a car with a number of friends/neighbours. You can reserve the car using a special app. A specialised company provides the app and the insurance (private car sharing).
  • You search for a car using an online platform or app. The cars have no permanent parking space. The rates are low and you pay only for the use of the car. The cars can be opened using the app and do not need to be reserved (one-way car sharing).

Car sharing providers

The websites below all offer car sharing in The Hague:

  • www.ritjeweg.nl: search the map for car sharing locations. Find information about providers. Calculate how much you will pay for each provider. You can read other user experiences and share your own experiences.
  • www.ikbenhopper.nl: search the map for car sharing locations or for alternatives such as bicycle hire, public transport and electric car charging points.
  • www.deelauto.nl: is the website of the Shared Car Use Association (Vereniging voor Gedeeld Autogebruik), a non-profit organisation that encourages car sharing by helping with all the arrangements. For example, you can start your own car sharing group.

The following websites are providers of lease constructions for cars you can share with friends and neighbours.:

An increasing number of providers have electric cars for sharing. See the following websites:

Some providers offer shared cars for business use. See the following websites:

Of course, you can also hire a car from a car leasing company.

Special parking spot for shared car

Information for shared car providers

  • As a provider you can arrange to have a parking space reserved for a shared car. To do this contact the Municipality of The Hague by sending an email to parkeervergunningen@denhaag.nl.
  • Are you sharing a car with somebody else and do you live in 2 different parking permit areas? Both of you can apply for a resident's parking permit for your permit area. See Parking permit conditions for car sharing.

Sustainable mobility

The municipality aims to be a climate-neutral city by 2040 and is working on sustainable mobility to create a liveable city. Car sharing is a way of limiting the use of cars and the space needed for them. The municipality is also encouraging residents of The Hague to walk, cycle and use public transport more. In order to achieve this the municipality signed the Green Car-Sharing Deal in 2015 together with other large Dutch cities such as Utrecht, Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Leiden as well as the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Royal Dutch Touring Club (ANWB), nature conservation and environmental organisations and almost all car sharing organisations. This agreement sets a target of 100,000 shared cars in the Netherlands by 2018.

Cars parked on the kerb
Published: 
18 July 2016
Modified: 
08 December 2016