Car-sharing company seeks tweaks to be more viable on Oak Bay streets – Vancouver Island Free Daily

Oak Bay staff will consider a few requests from a car sharing company to change city policy to allow the company to better operate in the community.

In a Jan. 17 presentation, Modo asked the district to update bylaws to allow for better in-station car sharing.

The company operates two cars in the community and 77 in Victoria. Currently, there is a lot of demand for one of the two local vehicles, Modo’s director of business development, Sylvain Celaire, told council members.

The company, available in 25 municipalities across British Columbia, wants three specific changes that would help it grow membership in Oak Bay and make it easier for other car-sharing organizations.

Modo asked Oak Bay to consider establishing a city staff point of contact for car-sharing issues; adapting the Official Community Plan to allow in-station sharing; and explore opportunities to support car-sharing operators to use zero-emission vehicles in the district. Modo is committed to a zero-emission fleet by 2030.

Celaire said municipalities can play a leadership role in developing land use and parking policies that make car sharing easier for residents, such as providing parking within walking distance. reasonable and the integration of car sharing into its transport management programs.

Although OCP supports car sharing, there are some limitations the company hopes Oak Bay will address. The Modo model is a two-way carpool where all vehicles have a docking location. This means the cars qualify as commercial and Oak Bay zoning restricts commercial vehicle parking. The City’s Streets and Traffic By-law limits the parking of commercial vehicles on the road and regulates how long a vehicle can remain parked on a street.

They would like round-trip car sharing to be added as an option in the OCP section describing transportation demand requirements for new developments.

Council, sitting in Committee of the Whole, instructed staff to return with a report on the three demands.

The Council generally meets three Mondays per month. Find the full meeting schedule and how to join online at

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