Carpool FAQ

What is carpooling?

Carpooling is when two or more people make arrangements to travel together in a single car. Carpooling is a practical way to share transport costs and reduce road congestion and vehicle pollution.

When can I carpool?

You can carpool on any journey you make, but we suggest you start by searching for a person who lives on your route to work or study. By sharing a trip to work or study just one day a week can save you a lot of money in fuel over a year. Many people need to travel significant distances in the Northern Rivers region to get to work or study. If you travel 90km a day then you could save around $750 a year in fuel by sharing just two trips a week.

What are the benefits of carpooling?

Sharing your journey is a great way to meet people, it's good for the environment, and saves money. particular benefits include:

  • Shared travel expenses
  • Reduced traffic congestion
  • Priority parking at specific locations
  • Improved mobility options for non-drivers

What are the costs of carpooling?

We suggest that drivers and passengers take alternate turns to drive, so that there is no need for financial transactions. If you do decide to carry a passenger who does not own a car then you will need to calculate how much each journey is costing you, so that you can share the cost. We provide an estimate of the journey fuel cost on the website as a guide only. This link can be found on the journey match page which is displayed when you login. It's best to sort out any reimbursement before you start to carpool to ensure that both parties are comfortable with the arrangements. To avoid any embarrassment, passengers should pay the driver before they leave the vehicle at the end of each journey, unless other arrangements have been made. Please note that drivers should not make a profit from sharing a car as this can invalidate their insurance and tax and our Terms and Conditions for project participation. If you have any concerns please contact your insurance company directly.

What if I use my Council vehicle?

Rules vary so please check with your individual organisation.