with many Offices With the hybrid model slowly opening up across the country, people have once again found themselves in a regular rut. traffic to and from your office. Similarly, did you know that Indians spend more time on the daily office commute than most countries in the world? According to a 2019 report by MoveInSync, a office A commuter platform, Indians spend seven percent of their day commuting Offices. Notorious for its heaviness Transportation, Bangalore According to a 2020 study by TomTom, residents of this city suffer the worst, losing an average of 243 hours on the road each year due to traffic.
These figures are a result of the increased number of vehicles on the road, especially during peak hours office Time They not only significantly increase a person’s time on the road but also contribute to carbon emissions and fuel savings. To manage this serious situation, v idea Carpooling comes into play!
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What is carpooling?
Simply put, carpooling refers to cars journeys In which many people travel together with the same destination. Some form groups that regularly travel to a particular destination, others rely on automated apps that help them find real-time carpooling availability in vehicles. Traveling to your desired destination.
While carpooling In other countries this is a common concept, it is not yet Technically Laws in India that make a clear demarcation between transport and non-transport vehicles do not allow people to profit from their personal cars.
Currently, some carpooling services in the country like Quickride, RideAlly and Lift Lelo allow people to share. Cars While traveling to major corporate cities like Bangalore, Delhi NCR, etc. Mumbai and Pune.
How does it work?
Elaborating on the concept, KNM Rao, founder and CEOQuickride said, “It’s a carpooling network where people working in the same field can connect in real time and share their vehicles. Carpool giver and taker are two roles. One day, I can give and be a carpooler.” the carTaking the pool, the next day. The app helps turn this carpooling behavior around.
Quickride, which started in 2015 after Rao saw several of his colleagues Traveling Automated the process of connecting people in real-time instead of manually searching for people in and from similar locations. “Even then there were many apps, but, they were not very successful because it was not happening in real time and it was inconvenient for passengers. another one issue Carpooling was how to get around. If this was to be measured, a point system was needed that could calculate the contribution and perform automatic rotation. We removed all manual interventions, making it convenient and fully automated,” he said.
On the other hand, lift Lelo, a WhatsApp-based carpooling aggregator, connecting people who want lifts with people willing to give lifts. “Before 2017, I was in the UK where we used to carpool. There was a separate lane for that carpooling and it was toll free. When I came to Mumbai, my office was in Lower Parel and I used to live in Navi Mumbai. The journey was difficult. So, I took a found couple So that people traveling on the same route can use our cars alternately and travel together. Finally we decided to expand it to Mumbai and founded Lift Lelo,” said Shailesh Dubey, founder of Lift Lelo. indianexpress.comIn his opinion after starting his carpooling Collecting service
Benefits of carpooling
The benefits of carpooling are manifold – from financial to environmental. Everyone benefits from carpooling — both the lifter and the giver, carpooling service providers say. Explaining the same, Rao added, “Carpooling reduces fuel consumption as you don’t take the car every day.”
Agreeing with Dubey, he said, “Traveling with a single rider significantly reduces fuel costs. By sharing their car, they can save costs and the riders can also travel more economically compared to traveling by taxi.
Notably, according to a 2017 Study title’Traffic jams and long driving hours‘, traffic jams cause major emotional health effects; Mostly stress (80.4%), nervousness (74.2%), and aggression (52.2%); While long hours of driving have a major physical health impact; Most reported back pain (66.8%), leg pain (56.7%), headache (43.3%), and dizziness (28.8%). As such, carpooling not only saves you time by reducing the burden of traffic but also helps your mental and physical health.
The positive impact of carpooling on the environment is worth noting. “The number of vehicles on the road is decreasing Carbon emissions and used fuel—which is a depleting natural resource,” the service providers explained.
One of the least discussed aspects of carpooling is how it facilitates social and official interactions that can prove beneficial in the long run. Rao clarified, “Carpooling also helps build connections as everyone meets many new people every month that they wouldn’t otherwise.”
Not only employees, companies also benefit greatly from carpooling services as many businesses rent additional parking spaces to accommodate the number of cars. “Carpooling helps companies save parking space. Many companies have measured and said they can save around 15 percent of parking space,” said Rao.
Epidemics and carpooling
While many carpooling startups flooded the market before the pandemic, few players are still operating. Like most industries, carpooling took a big hit as work shifted online and roads vacated. “Before the pandemic, we were working with some corporates and it was going well, if not better. But now it has stopped completely. We can resume carpooling services after six months, once all the offices reopen and people are open to sharing their cars. Covid-19 has changed the entire paradigm,” said Hariprakash Agarwal, founder and CEO of RideAlly.
Calling carpooling an unsustainable model at present, he added, “Big carpools are for big corporates, but companies haven’t fully reopened after the pandemic. I am not optimistic about this for at least a year now.
fast pace, too, faced something similar as the pre-pandemic number of carpooling in Bangalore dropped from 60,000 every day to a few thousand now. “As companies reopen, it’s picking up but not like before. Fear of contractions Covid-19 The virus has made many unwilling to share their vehicles with unknown people,” said Rao.
Despite its many advantages on several fronts, carpooling has struggled to become a mainstream mode of commute among office goers. According to service providers, government policies and shortages Awareness should be blamed.
Aggarwal said,Government Do not allow people to make money From your personal vehicle. As such, government policies do not actually encourage carpooling. This does not give confidence to the carpooling company to take the risk. As long as Government It allows people to earn money or save costs by sharing rides, it’s not going to pick up.” Dubey agrees that the government should promote carpooling in the country.
Said there is a shortage Awareness Among people, he added, “Many still don’t know what carpooling is. They think it works like an Ola/Uber taxi that picks you up and drops you off. There is a shortage. Awareness about it.”
To bridge this gap, Rao said he has started a lot of ‘Go Green Carpooling’ Consciousness‘ Campaigns in various corporates in Bangalore. “We used to dispel people’s doubts about carpooling and encourage them to do it,” he said.
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