The demand for car sharing services in Moscow has been restored to the pre-pandemic levels

The demand for car sharing services in Moscow has been restored to the pre-pandemic levels


TASS.- The demand for car sharing services in Moscow has practically returned to pre-pandemic levels, as reported by TASS, in the light of data from BelkaCar, Delimobil and YouDrive.

Carsharing companies have been operating under restrictions in the capital since 13 April, due to the Coronavirus. The companies have been offering clients vehicles only on a long-term rental basis (minimum 5 days) since the end of May. Per-minute tariffs were re-launched on 9 June.

As told by the co-founder of BelkaCar Yekaterina Makarova to TASS, the demand has recovered to pre-coronavirus levels in Moscow within 2-3 days of the return of per-minute tariffs. “The indicators refer to capacity and the number of rents. According to our observations, we expect a further increase in the demand for car sharing towards the autumn” – Makarova said.

As reported by the press office of YouDrive, the demand for car sharing is showing rapid signs of recovery. “The demand level in Moscow is currently equivalent to 70% of the pre-crisis period, however, the situation is different in other cities. This is due to several factors, such as the continuation of restrictions in some parts of the country. However, in some places, like St Petersburg, car sharing is implemented in standard mode, for less than a week” – as summarised by the company.

A source close to Delimobil has stated that car sharing in Moscow has recovered by 85% in comparison with the indicators recorded at the beginning of the year. Meanwhile, despite not sharing information on the demand data in the capital, the press office has stated that the demand has risen by approximately 50% in the regions, where car sharing was not suspended due to the Coronavirus, compared to the period up to the start of the pandemic.

“We have observed that people are fed up with sitting at home and trying to make up for the lack of communication and movement. Car sharing is seen as the safest method of getting from point A to B by the people, in terms of complying with social distancing measures, as all our vehicles are meticulously disinfected. The car sharing market has not fully recovered yet and won’t be for a while, since self-isolation measures still continue in various towns. Huge operating losses suffered by all car sharing companies during the downtime is another factor hindering the path to a quick return to good old days” – as explained by the general director of Delimobil Nikolai Kozak.