2+ car sharing

2+ car sharing, not to be confused with car clubs, is also known as ride-sharing, carpooling or lift-sharing. It is based on the premise of two or more people sharing a journey. Carplus uses the term 2+ car sharing, as in the rest of the world car-sharing is synonymous with car clubs.

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How does 2+ car sharing work?

2+ car sharing, i.e. when two or more people share a car and travel together, allows people to benefit from the convenience of the car, sharing travel costs, whilst alleviating the associated problems of congestion and pollution. Lift sharing can contribute to community cohesion, connecting people with shared interests or similar lifestyles.

Online booking systems allow drivers to advertise trips, passengers seeking a lift can search for journeys. One of the people travelling usually owns the car and the other(s) will generally make a contribution towards fuel and other associated costs for journeys they are making in the same direction, on a regular or one-off basis. The passenger(s) can arrange a drop-off either on-route or at the driver’s destination.

2+ car sharing FAQ

 

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2+ car sharing providers

      BlaBlaCar

      BlaBlaCar is a trusted community marketplace that connects drivers with empty seats to passengers looking for a ride. BlaBlaCar users transport over 700,000 passengers every month, creating an entirely new, people powered, transport network. With a dedicated customer service centre, a state of the art web and mobile platform and a fast-growing community of users, BlaBlaCar is making travel social, money-saving and more efficient for millions of members across Europe.

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      Carbon Heroes

      carbon heroes is a specialist provider of sustainable transport solutions. It works with employers, business parks and retail parks and can operate regional public schemes that enable local government bodies to promote sustainable travel. Its service comprises a leading technology platform that incorporates 2+ car sharing and taxi matching, sharing and/or logging journeys on foot and on two wheels and integration with public transport data feeds.

      The system provides data on the journeys taken and the associated carbon savings. It has been designed to be intuitive in addressing the natural concerns many people have before changing their travel habits. carbonheroes reinvests in technology, ensuring that this experience is improved and new capabilities added.

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      GoCarShare

      GoCarShare believes that travelling by car should be fun, sustainable and low cost.

      It has created a trusted community by connecting people with Facebook. Users can see whether they share friends, have similar interests or like similar music, and there is an eBay style rating system.

      GoCarShare has formed partnerships with over 100 festivals and events, with incentives including the chance to park right at the front and win festival tickets if you share the ride. There are also special goCarShare pages for fans going to football matches and students travelling back to university. A formula works out a fair contribution for passengers to pay drivers, ensuring that both parties save money.

      GoCarShare is an award winning 2+ car sharing website that has been featured extensively in the national press. Add your 2+ car sharing journey to the GoCarShare website here.

      Liftshare

      Liftshare is a social enterprise that helps people travel more sustainably by sharing their journey. Its free online network matches people with similar journeys so they can travel better together – saving money and cutting their carbon footprint. With over 300,000 active members, Liftshare provides an opportunity to find someone to share a journey with. If you are an individual looking to share a lift visit its website here.

      For employers, Liftshare provides innovative 2+ car sharing software and personal travel planning tools. It has helped over 600 businesses and communities set up their own online journey-matching tools to encourage 2+ car sharing and make better use of parking spaces. Its dedicated business team provides ongoing support services to help employers market and monitor their scheme effectively.

      Liftshare’s clients include many Councils, e.g. www.carsharedevon.com, businesses, e.g. www.tesco.liftshare.com, hospitals, e.g. www.nhs.liftshare.com and business parks, e.g. www.prologis.liftshare.com. For more information, to read case studies or to arrange a demonstration visit www.liftshare.com/business.

      Jambusters

      Jambusters aims to help employers and individuals reduce their carbon footprint, their parking and commuting burden and save money. Its services, used by major private and public sector employers, include 2+ car sharing, parking administration and travel planning. Jambusters is highly flexible and tailors to specific customer requirements, providing innovative and financially attractive software solutions. For further information, visit the Jambusters website or email Janet Hodgkinson.

      Jambusters provides services nationwide and brands them with the customer’s own scheme. Many are never advertised outside the employer. For further information of the areas Jambusters covers visit its website.

      Carshare Online

      Carshare Online has been providing travel share schemes for major employers since 1998 and has produced five generations of innovative software. It provides a total service from scheme design and administration to promotion and monitoring, exactly tailored to the individual needs of each client. For further information, visit the Carshare online website or email Peter Hallam.

       

The benefits of sharing vehicles

  • Fewer cars on the road: Less congestion, pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and parking problems
  • Improved access: A real solution to transport access problems in rural areas
  • Increased choice: More transport options for employers and employees
  • Reduced dependency: Less need for private car ownership
  • Saving money: Travelling with others can save up to £1,000 a year

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