October is National Transport Month.
October was declared Transport Month in SOUTH AFRICA in 2005 during the Transport Lekgotla. This year it will be hosted under the theme: “Together we move South Africa Forward.” The month long programme will showcase transport infrastructure projects, promote the use of public transport and advance the country’s road safety initiatives.
Government is investing in the transport sector which is part of the country’s Nine-Point Plan to stimulate development and create jobs. Our public transport investments are part of building and operating an integrated public transport network across the country.
Investments in rail infrastructure is making rail the backbone of our passenger and freight transport system.
What can we do to “Move South Africa Forward”?
Carpooling (also car-sharing, ride-sharing, lift-sharing) is the sharing of car journeys so that more than one person travels in a car. By having more people using one vehicle, carpooling reduces each person’s travel costs such as fuel costs, tolls, and the stress of driving. It also reduces traffic, increases the amount of parking spaces available and reduces carbon emissions – so, by carpooling, you help to save the environment!
Where does CarTrip come in?
CarTrip is a new way of carpooling – instantly – using a website or mobile app. Passengers pay a small fee and get point-to-point transportation in a comfortable car and drivers are able to get a cost reimbursement for their costs. A win-win situation for all parties, including the environment. At a flat fee of 80c per kilometre with no peak rates, CarTrip is several times cheaper than a taxi or similar services (E.g. Uber) and works out as a viable option for a commute so it could be used daily. It is estimated that each carpool with four riders can reduce greenhouse gases annually by over 5000 kgs, which is the equivalent to over 2200 litres of petrol. Furthermore carpooling improves road safety, reduces congestion, reduces road maintenance costs and makes more parking available.
CarTrip is not a taxi service that picks up the rider at the riders location and drops off the rider at the rider’s destination. Taxi drivers (e.g. Uber drivers) make an income and profit from their service and use it as a primary or secondary job. In the case of CarTrip, when the driver is offering rides, the driver is travelling from one destination to another destination independent of any riders. The driver picks up and drops-off riders along the way with minor deviations for the convenience of the pickup and drop-off. The CarTrip Platform determines the price charged by the driver using the reimbursement rates defined by SARS so that drivers do not make a profit and instead partially recover some of their ordinary driving costs.
So if you’re travelling alone to another town or city, whether it be for work or holiday, participating in an event, going to a concert or just visiting friends and family, then share your journey with a fellow traveller. Lets make a difference to our environment, lets make new friends, lets make some money or save some money, lets do a CarTrip, together.