Prevention and precaution – COVID-19

The progression of the coronavirus (COVID-19) raises questions and concerns. In order to help you protect yourself and your loved ones, we would like to discuss these questions and concerns with you.

(This note was sent to members on March 13, 2020.)

Modes of transmission
    • Coronavirus is spread by air, via aerosols, through close contact with an infected person when that person coughs or sneezes.
    • It can also be spread by hand contact with infected surfaces if you touch your mouth, nose, or eyes.
Survival time on wet or dry surfaces
    • COVID-19 can survive up to 6 days on inert objects with wet surfaces.
    • On dry surfaces, we recently said survival time was 3 to 6 hours, but have since updated that information to survival time of a few days (3 to 4 days on plastics).
Preventative measures

Our vehicles are cleaned and washed regularly. Given the nature of our service, it is impossible for us to guarantee its cleanliness between uses. Hygienic measures allowing them to be used safely are, however, within everyone’s reach.

As vehicles are enclosed spaces, you will not be exposed to aerosols unless accompanied by someone. It is therefore a relatively protected space, but certain precautions are necessary to avoid contracting or transmitting the virus by contact.

Since you do not know who used the vehicle before you, the best attitude to adopt under the circumstances is that of prevention:

    • Avoid putting your hands in your mouth, nose, or face after using a vehicle. Wash your hands with warm running water and soap for at least 20 seconds.
    • Use an alcohol-based disinfectant if you do not have access to soap and water.

It is recommended that you avoid travel if you are sick. When coughing or sneezing, please cover your mouth and nose with your arm to reduce the spread of germs around you.

    • More than ever, do not leave any waste (tissues, cups, wrapping paper, etc.) in vehicles; be sure to pick up everything before leaving.
    • Do not hesitate to clean the steering wheel, or other surfaces, with disinfecting wet wipes.

As the situation is changing rapidly, we encourage you to keep yourself informed by regularly consulting the information published by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

City of Toronto takes a step forward for better mobility

Toronto, March 11 – Communauto, the largest carsharing organization in Canada and the first in North America, welcomes the recommendation given by the Infrastructure and Environment Committee of the City of Toronto to make the free-floating carsharing pilot project permanent. The committee adopted the proposal of the General Manager, Transportation Services, which was improved with some slight changes in regulation.

“This is a first and encouraging step towards us further developing free-floating carsharing for Toronto. In the 16 months of the pilot project, we have demonstrated that free-floating carsharing has been accepted in Toronto and that carsharing contributes to reducing the number of cars on the street and the number of parking permits issued. We wait for the final decision from City Council on how we can work together to augment the fleet in order to face the always increasing demand,” said Marco Viviani, Vice-President at Communauto.

Every Communauto car results in up to 4 fewer on-street parking permits

In fact, a recent survey among Communauto members reveals that after only one year, 20% of users who live in residential parking permit zones will not renew their parking permits (9%) or will avoid purchasing a parking permit (11%), thanks to Communauto. This means that for each Communauto FLEX car, almost 4 people will not renew or will avoid purchasing a resident parking permit.

Fleet to be increased by 50% if the city confirms decision

Communauto is committed to growing this service in Toronto and looks forward to continuing to work with the City of Toronto when and if this pilot program is made permanent. 100 cars are planned to be added to the fleet this spring if the program is confirmed.

Communauto free-floating service in Toronto currently operates 200 cars, available to pick up and drop off in an area of around 50 sq km between High Park and Runnymede in the west, Dupont and Mortimer in the north, and Victoria Park in the east. The area excludes downtown metered spaces and zones where 100% of parking permits have been sold. Cars are used for both short-term and long-term trips (on average, around six hours per trip per 40 km), and as a replacement and alternative to personal car ownership.

About Communauto

Founded in Québec City in 1994, Communauto is the largest carsharing service in Canada and the oldest in North America. Present on two continents in 14 cities (Edmonton, Toronto, Kitchener/Waterloo, Hamilton, Guelph, London, Kingston, Ottawa, Gatineau, the regions of Montréal and Québec, Sherbrooke, Halifax and Paris in France) with a fleet of 3,000 vehicles, it is one of the few operators offering both free-floating and station-based carsharing. Communauto is a private company whose main mission is to reduce the impact of cars on cities while improving access to mobility. Communauto establishes strong partnerships with public transit authorities and offers the largest electric carsharing fleet in Canada, in selected cities.