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Private cars underused, study finds

MOST privately owned cars in Shanghai are underused, researchers from Tongji University's School of Electronics and Information Engineering said yesterday.

Researchers found about 65 percent of private cars in the city travel less than 20 kilometers on work days and 41 percent of car owners spend less than 400 yuan (US$60) on gasoline each month.

The results were based on interviews with more than 1,000 car owners.

The researchers said a carpooling service offered by a rental car company could easily replace such underused vehicles.

"Carpooling can cut the cost of commuting, reduce traffic gridlock and control air pollution," said Yang Tong, a lead researcher in the study.

Shanghai is ideal for a carpooling scheme and would be especially welcomed by private car owners 20-35 years old and those who have a driving license but not a vehicle, the survey concluded.

A carpooling plan has been sent to city transport authorities and is likely to be launched this year, researchers said.


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