Legislature looking at new car-sharing bill

The Senate and Assembly transportation committees are hearing a bill intended to help the car-sharing company car2go operate in Wisconsin.

Car2go’s business model lets its paying members pick up one of its cars and drive it to their destination, and then leave the car there for the next member. The company wants to expand to Madison but a state law concerning local time limits for parking is standing in its way.

However, according to the WisBusiness.com, AB 322 would let cities like Madison negotiate with car-sharing companies if they want to exempt the companies from those limits.

The company wouldn’t be the first in Wisconsin with car-sharing services. Zipcar already operates in Milwaukee and Madison. Where Zipcar is different is it contracts for private parking and doesn’t need to abide by city parking limits.