A new law in France is trying to address 2 problems with carpooling:
– Pollution and congestion in big cities
– Lack of public transport in the country
Studies have shown that city to city carpooling has a negative impact on pollution because the driver tends to cover more miles, travels more often and cannibalizes public transport. The same studies have shown that carpooling home-to-work is a major way to save millions of tons of CO2 emission (Read More)
Short range carpooling is a solution for both problems and has now become a national priority.
Studies and experiments have shown that without control, those who wish to cheat the system grows to the point it becomes massive. In Ile-de-France, where people get 2€ per journey: some users subscribed up to 7 platforms and got 7 times the 2€ twice a day, rising to 4€ when strikes or pollution peaks. Some were even not driving, taking the bus together.
Having a fraud-proof system before a huge amount of public money is poured into carpooling is a major concern for the government. The idea they have in mind is to give a score of the strength of the proof when aggregating it on the platform, the idea is to give a reward which depends on the score: the stronger the proof, the bigger the reward. As Faxi can provide the strongest proof, along with the highest reliability, you can bet that the users will choose the platform that gives the biggest reward, which means the strongest proof, which means Faxi. (Read More)
The government does not want to substitute to the local authorities but to empower them with the correct set of tools and infrastructures (meeting points and parks for carpoolers). I think it’s likely to be successful because it comes after years of studies and experiments. It’s also likely to be copied by other countries and being part of it while having a platform which is already international is definitely a major advantage for the future. (Read More)
The law will also solve fiscal issues carpooler had with rewards, which before was leading them to flee the platforms. It will also oblige the employer to reimburse the carpooling journeys in the same ways they currently are obliged to do with public transport. The law also makes it possible to have public carparks reserved to carpoolers. Some financial aids to help people with the lowest revenue should also be in the law.
Some public authorities have decided to brand a solution via a tender giving this site powered by covivo. Others like ile-de-France prefer to incentivise through the existing carpooling companies.
There’s a massive opportunity with Companies, the new law adds more constraints related to the Enterprise mobility plan, and many companies have problems with car parking This will be accelerated/extended by the action of local public authorities action. Faxi offers proof of carpooling and closed groups.
The timing is perfect for carpooling services and France is the place to be.