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Idea of car share program trucking along

Car share programs across the province show it could work in Kamloops as well.
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August 05, 2013 - 5:00 AM

KAMLOOPS – A truck share program could be right around the corner for Kamloops. There was solid interest in the idea at a meeting this week.

While Coun. Arjun Singh was offering an informal information session on the potential of a car share program in the city it was the idea of a truck share specifically that got people talking Thursday. Many people only need a truck five or six times a year, Singh points out. The idea of having one available through a share program is intriguing to many of the people who came out for the session.

A group will now be meeting in September where they can further discuss what a truck share program would look like and what kind of numbers would be needed in order to make it work.

“It's a very promising start,” Singh says. “We had a very rich discussion.”

Singh says he is happy with the initial, diverse turnout of 14 people. By the end of the hour and a half discussion, most were still interested. Parents, business people and Thompson Rivers University students were among those at the meeting.

Members of the Rarebirds housing co-op are also interested according to Singh. But they would likely have to wait until the new year to actually offer more input into the idea as they are dealing with the construction of their shared house at the moment.

Joining an Okanagan car share program as a branch or partner is another possibility but first they have to guage the interest in Kamloops. As they move into the detail stage from the concept stage Singh hopes the numbers will play out in such a way the project remains feasible.

“I'm hopeful something can happen,” Singh say. “If turns out to be just the truck share or something more, it will be good.”

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