Transportation / Mobility

November 4, 2011


Car Sharing Starts in Disaster-Stricken Areas to Help Reconstruction

Keywords: Disaster Reconstruction NGO / Citizen Transportation / Mobility 

JFS/Car Sharing Starts in Disaster-Stricken Areas to Help Reconstruction
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DoCoDeMo Eco Car (DDEC) started providing vehicles for sharing among displaced people on June 11, 2011, at Big-Pallet Fukushima, a convention center in Koriyama City, Fukushima Prefecture. DDEC is a non-profit general incorporate association established for helping victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake.

This car sharing project is a reconstruction assistance project planned by DDEC. They are aiming to supply infrastructure for sharing vehicles donated by companies and individuals both inside and outside Japan. DDEC believes it to be important to secure transportation for the reconstruction of disaster victims' lives.

DDEC will arrange an appropriate number of cars based on the circumstances of emergency accommodation centers according to the project outline. They have adopted a computer-based management system that enables vehicle administrators to check mileages and track users. The vehicles will be provided free of charge including cost of vehicles, automobile inspections, insurances and a part of fuel for one year, after which there will be a fee for their use.

DDEC is currently accepting contributions and looking for sponsors to expand the project area. Following the kickoff at Koriyama City, they began providing car sharing services at Hotel Kanyo in Minami-sanriku Town, Miyagi Prefecture, from July 10, 2011. Subsequently, they provided 14 vehicles for temporary residence of more than 7 spots in Minami-sanriku Town in October.

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