Carsharing is also known as lift-sharing, car-pooling or ride-sharing. Carsharing offers people a cost effective and a more sustainable way of travelling by car, where public transport, walking or cycling are not viable options. Carsharing can also ease destination parking pressure.
A National Car Sharing database is now available at www.carsharing.ie. This is an all-island service for the public, which is free of charge to use.
The service can be used by any individual or group looking to promote carsharing, for example:
- To set up a private carsharing group for regular trips to a workplace, community group or sports club.
- To set up private carsharing groups for one-off trips, for example to music festivals, weddings or sporting fixtures.
- To generally seek or offer lifts.
As of the end of April 2014, there were 4,879 people active on the site, as part of 104 workplace, culture, sports, personal and ‘other’ carsharing groups.
Some of the workplaces promoting groups on Carsharing.ie include Accenture, DePuy, eBay, ESB, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, NUI Maynooth, NUI Galway, Symantec and Waterford Institute of Technology.