Media Release: Modo becomes the first to open the doors to Learner Drivers
July 3, 2018: Vancouver, BC – Member-owned co-operative Modo announces that, effective July 3rd the carsharing service will now allow drivers 16+ with an ‘L’ (Learner) designation to join as “Green Members”. Modo is the first carsharing company in North America to open the door to learner drivers and hopes that this move will inspire the next generation to consider carsharing over car ownership.
As part of Modo’s mandate, the two-way carsharing co-op aims to provide service that is as inclusive as possible and believes this exciting step forward will give families more freedom to choose a car-free lifestyle. And for those who own a car but would rather not spend the extra insurance premium required to cover new drivers, there’s an affordability advantage as well.
With summer break upon us, it’s a great time for parents and their teens to get some practice hours in with over 600 vehicles to choose from in more than 20 municipalities across the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and the Okanagan. The wide variety of vehicles will give student drivers the opportunity to learn to drive everything from compact cars to minivans and trucks.
“It’s very fitting that Modo is the first carshare in North America to enable younger people and those with an L to use our service, as it aligns exceptionally well with our purpose,” says Selena McLachlan, Director of Marketing & Business Development at Modo, “Families can save money and easily use our vehicles to gain the practice hours required, with learners as young as 16 able to join the co-op and start experiencing life without car ownership, while driving behaviours are still being formed.”
Green Members will join under a Principal Member’s account, who must be a member-owner of the co-op, 25 or older, with a full license. Tying the Green Member to a Principal Member – with some conditions and an increased damage deposit – will help mitigate any increased risk to the co-op or its members. Like all drivers with an L, they must be accompanied by an adult with a full license. Under Modo’s Green Member Program, this can be the Principal Member, or a “qualified supervisor” as per ICBC’s rules and regulations.
“It’s great to see a business care about young people and future drivers. Lots of my friends don’t plan to ever own a vehicle, but we might still need one for trips or moving or our future careers and this will let us get some experience without all the hassle and expense of owning. Plus, it’s much better for the environment and cities to have less cars on the road,” says Chloë Glave, student at Eric Hamber Secondary School.
Making carsharing affordable, convenient, inclusive and sustainable has always been at the core of Modo’s social purpose. Allowing Green Members the opportunity to learn with Modo underscores this, and gives learners and new drivers of all ages the chance to hit the road this summer, while saving money and the environment.
For more information visit www.modo.coop/green-members
Read a Q&A with 18 year old learner driver and carsharing fan, Nick DeYoung, on the blog.
Modo started in 1997 as the first carshare co-operative in the region. To this day, it remains member-owned, driven by people not profit. Modo provides its two-way, round-trip service, to more than 20,000 members and 800 businesses across the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and the Okanagan. Members get access to over 600 cars, trucks, SUVs and vans, with rates starting at just $5 per hour, including gas and insurance. www.modo.coop
Director of Marketing & Communications, Modo
Download the media release here.