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Car sharing in Corona times: It works!

The use of car sharing is possible if the Corona hygiene rules are observed. These are usually specified by the state ministries and concretized and monitored locally by the local governments. The local car sharing provider is obliged to comply with these regulations. Customers should therefore contact their mobility service provider to find out how it implements the mandatory requirements in its car-sharing service. 

Specifications can change again and again. The specifications can also vary in detail from country to country, which must be taken into account when driving across national borders. On Thu, 14.05.2020, MOQO asked the 16 responsible state ministries in which legal framework car sharing is possible. The unanimous tenor: car sharing is also allowed in Corona times. Here is an overview of the requirements of the individual federal states with the respective status/date:

From the Lower Saxony Ministry for Social Affairs, Health and Equality comes the message: "With regard to the use of car sharing offers, the state of Lower Saxony does not make any regulations within the framework of the Corona measures. Since the handover of the vehicle is mostly contactless, according to our estimation, the distance regulations can be complied with without any problems. A disinfection of the steering wheel, all used or touched buttons and handles etc. on the part of the users before they park the car again could be recommended by the operator, but is not regulated by the VO. The car sharing provider could ensure that spray bottle, disposable wipes and storage bags are kept in the trunk so that surfaces can be disinfected before each trip." (As of 5/15/2020)

The Hessian Ministry of Economics, Energy, Transport and Housing explains, "The general contact rules or distance and hygiene regulations apply to car sharing in Hesse. People are allowed to travel in a carsharing car alone, together with another person or with the members of their own and another household. As far as persons are concerned who do not live in a household, the minimum distance of 1.5 meters (...) applies." (Status: 15.05.2020)

The Corona Communications Staff of the State Government State Chancellery of Rhineland-Palatinate explains that "for car sharing (...) the basic hygiene rules apply as for example for car pooling". If rides by people of several households cannot be avoided, "passengers should keep their distance as far as possible and wear mouth guards. They should wash their hands before and after the journey, if necessary using suitable cleaning agents or disinfectants. And always, avoid putting your hands in your face." (Status: 15.05.2020)

The Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Women and Family of the Saarland points out that specific hygiene regulations for Car-Sharing are not specified. "When using Car-Sharing services, it is advisable to disinfect the contact surfaces of the automobiles before and after use," according to the ministry (as of 05/18/2020).

Thuringia's Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Health, Women and Family draws "attention to the Thuringia Ordinance on the release of previously restricted areas and the further development of the necessary measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2," which came into force on May 13: "Since then, the preparation of an infection protection concept in accordance with paragraph 5 of the aforementioned ordinance of May 12, 2020, applies to all facilities, offers and businesses that are once again accessible to the public. This also applies to providers of car-sharing offers. The infection protection concept must be maintained and presented to the competent authority upon request. In this respect, there is no obligation to obtain approval. Counties and independent cities may have different regulations. Depending on the federal state in which the sharing stations are located, the existing regulations/ ordinances must also be looked at there and any required measures implemented. (Status: 15.05.2020)

According to the Saxon Ministry of Social Affairs, car sharing is permitted in Saxony: "In this context, it is important to ventilate the vehicles well and to disinfect contact surfaces."

The Ministry of Transport of the State of Baden-Württemberg states: "Since users of car sharing services use the vehicles one after the other and do not stay in the interior of the vehicle at the same time, droplet infection cannot occur. 

The Ministry of Transport estimates the risk of infection by smear as extremely low. Car-sharing providers have responded to the current situation by intensifying the cleaning of vehicle interiors. In many cases, disinfectants are also provided for surface cleaning. Once a surface (e.g., the steering wheel) has been disinfected, smear infection via touching this surface can no longer occur. 

Car sharing therefore represents an environmentally and climate-friendly form of mobility for the , which is also recommended in times of Corona." (Status: 05/18/2020)

The Bavarian State Ministry of Health and Care states in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic: "The use of car sharing services is still permitted. The general hygiene recommendations also apply here. We advise disinfecting the vehicle itself on the contact surfaces (especially the steering wheel and gearshift) before each journey. In addition, we recommend wearing disposable gloves during use." (Status: 15.05.2020)
evl Limburg
Since Tuesday, 19.05.2020, the car sharing offer "EVLdrive" (https://www.evl.de/evl-drive/) of Energieversorgung Limburg EVL (https://www.evl.de/) has been in operation again in Limburg (Hesse). At two locations in the city, the VW and Nissan e-cars are ready to go and can be booked via the MOQO app - soon also at two more locations that EVL customers have already been able to take advantage of in the past (https://www.evl.de/news/e-carsharing-startet-wieder/).

EVL explains on its website about hygiene: "Of course, we disinfect and clean the vehicles at regular intervals. Nevertheless, we are dependent on you as users, as it will not always be possible to clean the vehicle fleet completely after every trip, depending on the volume of users. We therefore urge you to observe all necessary hygiene measures and to handle our vehicles with care, so that every (subsequent) user can enjoy an appropriate level of comfort. Detailed information and instructions are available in the respective cars.

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