What is car sharing?
What does it cost?
What are the insurance implications of car sharing?
How do I join in?
Will I find a match?
Who can see my email address?
Does it cost anything to join?
Can I change my login details/password?
What happens if my lift does not turn up?
What about safety?
Can I just opt to share with someone of the same sex?
Where should I arrange to meet my travelling companions?
How do I cancel my membership?
How do I edit my e-mail address, password etc?
What if my circumstances change and I need a new car share?
Car sharing is when two or more people share a car and travel together. It allows people to benefit from the convenience of the car, whilst alleviating the associated problems of congestion and pollution. It also allows people to share the costs of fuel and parking.
Most car sharers tend to simply take it in turns to drive to work. Should you need to come to another arrangement, driver and passengers can split the cost of petrol and parking. Please note that drivers should not make a profit from car sharing as this can invalidate their insurance. If you have any concerns please contact your insurance company directly.
The Association of British Insurers clearly states that car-sharing won't affect
the insurance of their members so long as a profit isn't made:
"Giving Lifts - All ABI motor insurers have agreed that if your passengers contribute
towards your running costs your insurance cover will not be affected, as long as
lifts are given in a vehicle seating eight passengers or less. This agreement does
not apply if you make a profit from payments received or if carrying passengers
is your business." (Source: ABI website, 2005)
The ABI represents around 400 companies, transacting 94% of the business of UK insurance
companies. Drivers should check with their insurance company as terms and conditions
may vary between insurance providers over time.
If your employer is a member of the scheme, simply go to the registration page and choose your employer
from the drop down list.
Fill in the details of your journey to work. You will be sent a confirmation email. When
you receive it, simply click on the link contained within it to confirm your email
address and we will do the rest for you. Your employer will suggest
any suitable matches for you based on the information you submitted, and will email
them to you.
You can then contact any suitable travelling companions and arrange to meet them at a place that suits you both. Make sure you both bring I.D. so you both know you're meeting the right person.
The more people that use this site, the better the chances of suitable matches being
found. So remember to tell your colleagues about our site. If, however, you're having
difficulty in finding a match, you could look for a travelling companion
for part of your journey, and do the rest on public transport.
We will only share your work email address with potential matches from your workplace.
If your employer is a member then it is free to join the scheme.
You select your own password when you register. If you would like
to change your password you can login and go to the My Account page to change it.
CarshareGM only suggests suitable travelling companions and we cannot be held responsible for any journeys that don't work out as planned. Similarly, the drivers and passengers who register their journeys with us are under no legal obligation to their travelling companions or to CarshareGM to make any journeys.
However, we hope that if circumstances alter and journeys can't be made, those who may be affected are contacted out of respect and informed.
CarshareGM takes all possible steps to ensure your confidentiality is maintained.
Once you have been contacted about a possible car share match, we suggest that you adopt this common-sense approach to ensure your safety:
If you have any special requirements such as single sex sharing or smoking preference, please state this in the comments box when registering. Your local coordinator will take this into account when finding a match for you.
We recommend that you meet your travelling companions at a public place, close to public transport networks if possible so that alternative transport options are available should the lift fall through. We advise members not to meet at a home address for security reasons.
To cancel your membership, please login and go to the My Account page. From there you will be able to close your account. Once you have done so your personal information including your email address will be deleted from the database.
To edit any of your personal or journey details, or change your password,
login and select My Account. You can amend your details as
necessary, and the records in our database will be updated automatically.
If you are no longer sharing, you can log in and cancel the share from the database. As you do so you can optionally request that the coordinator searches for a new match for you.
Question not answered above? Don't worry, you can contact us and we'll get right back to you.