Travel and transport

Frequently asked questions about carpooling

What is carpooling?

Carpooling is when two or more people share a ride to a common or nearby destination such as work. You can carpool every day or only when it is convenient.

Carpooling can save you a great deal of money on vehicle running costs as well as parking and tolls. Studies have shown that carpooling can reduce stress, improve employee punctuality, and increase social interaction. You can also reduce global warming and help the community through reduced congestion, lower accident rates, and less pollution.

Is it safe to carpool?

Most people who use this site are genuinely interested in car pooling for the benefits it offers. However, we still recommend the following precautions before accepting or offering a ride to people you contact on this site.

  • Meet at a mutual location on campus to say hi and to make sure that you're comfortable with the person
  • You may wish to ask for references (workmates or friends)
  • If you're female, you might like to only accept contacts from other female members.

Are my personal details secure?

Most carpooling services provide electronic bulletin boards, which allows your information to be viewed by all.

With MyCarpools your information is secure, the only things visible to others are:

  • Your User Name
  • Your First Name
  • Carpooler Type – ((P)assenger,(D)river,(E)ither)
  • Preferences and general information that you entered during the setup process.
  • Your Age Group (leave as unspecified if you don't want anyone to see)
  • If you are a smoker
  • Your Gender
  • The suburbs you travel to and from.
  • How far away you are from them, this indicates distance apart only down to within one kilometre, if a potential partner is listed as being within a kilometre they could actually be next door!
  • How far you are willing to travel to meet up.
  • The days you might match.
  • The introduction text (if any) that you entered during the setup process.

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What if my carpool does not work out?

No Problem! Simply log into the site, and click the "My Carpools" link on the left hand menu.
Click the "Cancel Carpools" button at the bottom of the list, and select which days you would like to withdraw from. Your carpool partners will be notified by email of your withdrawal, and you can then search for more matches.

How much money can I save by carpooling?

On average, a person can save approximately $6.00 per day by carpooling. Extended to a working year of 48 weeks, that can deliver savings of up to $1,440 per year, or $2,880 per carpool pair. These savings are based on RACV’s 2004 vehicle operating costs for a medium sized vehicle and don’t include parking costs, which can also be shared with your carpooling group.

Can I still carpool even if I don’t have a car?

Yes, you can be a passenger and contribute to the driving expenses.

Are there designated carpooling carparks?

To support your commute to campus the University has established a carpooling car park on level 2 (east end) of the multi-story car park (car park 6) on the Melbourne Burwood Campus. These are designated for carpoolers only. For more information visit the parking webpage.

There are no designated carpooling carparks on the other campuses at this stage, however, Travel and Transport are investigating the possibility on the other campuses. You will still save money in the interim by halving the costs of your parking permit and sharing the costs of fuel.

If I carpool, does this mean I have to carpool every day?

Not at all. Registering simply gives you the opportunity to carpool if you wish. Some people choose to carpool just once or twice a week, or even only on an occasional basis, while others choose to carpool every day. It’s worth registering even if you don’t want to carpool now, but may do so in the future.

What happens if the driver has to leave work early or stay back late?

Arrange your own transport home and travel by public transport or a taxi – you will still make financial savings in the long term.

Who is liable if there is an accident?

The Transport Accident Commission (TAC) is a no-fault scheme that covers you whether you are a passenger or driver. This means that as long you are abiding by the law, no one is at fault.

Will carpooling have any affect on my insurance?

As long as your cost sharing does not produce a profit for the vehicle owner or driver, your insurance won’t be affected. You should confirm this by contacting your insurance provider. However, it must be noted that some insurance companies have a ‘Named Driver Policy’ that may not cover other people driving your vehicle.

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19th February 2013