Carpooling: Do We Need Government Guidelines?

No Comments Yet

The Government is reportedly working on guidelines for carpooling – a method of transport that is gaining popularity across Singapore. But why does the state want more influence in this area of life? Will it make the experience of carpooling better for either drivers or passengers?

Carpooling or car sharing is most often used for getting to and from work – and is a mode of travel that has captured the imaginations of people across the world as well as here in Singapore.

car pool

Cheaper and more convenient? Car sharing in Singapore is on the rise.

Rising Petrol Costs

By sharing the cost of petrol – which continues to rise – transport outgoings can be cut dramatically for both the driver and his or her passengers. Carpooling may be cheaper than travelling by public transport modes such as taxis or the MRT.

Easier and Greener?

Carpooling may also result in fewer cars on the road, which benefits the environment and makes Singapore’s air cleaner and more pleasant to breathe.

Depending on your driver, there may also be a benefit in terms of being picked up outside your home, saving you the time you once spent walking to and from the MRT or waiting for a taxi.

Risks and Downsides

But there are some downsides – some of which the government is aiming to mitigate. Rather than being a simple way to reduce his or her motoring costs, some drivers may take the opportunity to make a profit from their passengers. While adding a little extra for maintenance, car insurance or COE costs may be understandable, there is a concern that some may go beyond this – to the degree that they may be regarded as ‘pirate taxis’.

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?

On a personal level, too, car-poolers may have to see each other over a period of weeks, months or even years – sharing the same confined space for an hour or so each working day. Being able to ‘get on’ with one another, or at least not annoy each other, is perhaps as important as any cost saving. And if your driver insists of playing Celine Dion’s Greatest Hits every single morning, you could be in for some rough commutes – depending on your opinion of the French-Canadian super-songstress.

Carpooling Websites

A whole industry has sprung up around carpooling in Singapore, with numerous websites helping to match drivers with passengers. The government may feel that this area, too, requires guidelines in order to ensure that people get what they pay for. Indeed, the more individuals and companies involved in the car pooling process, arguably the less economic the whole activity becomes. After all, carpooling was once often a casual arrangement between colleagues that benefitted all in roughly equal measure.

Are Guidelines Needed?

Whether you believe that the Government needs to draw up guidelines, or whether you think they are interfering in an area of our lives that does not merit it, it looks as if some protective rules or guidelines will be created.

If you are a carpooling driver or passenger, we would love to hear your thoughts and stories on this subject!

To the rest, you can find out more about car pooling here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carpool

"Disclaimer: Opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author(s) and should not be taken as advice for purchasing insurance ..."

Share This Post

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

Latest Posts

See All Posts
Driver Deciding What to do After Accident

What if You’re Asked to Settle an Accident Off the Record

If you drive long enough you’ll probably be involved in an accident. Sad, but true.  Some say 1 in 72 will have an accident every year. Others say you have…

0
High Speed Train to KL

Singapore to KL in 2.5 hrs: Are You Excited About the HSR?

Proposed stops have been revealed for the planned High Speed Rail (HSR) link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Are you excited about being able to ride over and enjoy KL’s…

0
What would you buy a car or a condo?

Singapore Cars are Expensive, So What Else Could You Buy

Ok, I’m sorry; today’s post is going to hurt a little to read. We all know cars are crazy expensive in Singapore, but when an Aston Martin almost took off…

1
Motorcycle Glove On Bike

It’s so Hot Out, Do I Really Have to Wear Motorcycle Gloves

Trust us, we understand. The heat and humidity in Singapore right now sucks. There’s just no other way to say it. To be honest the heat never really goes away,…

0
Motorcycle jackets for riding in the rain

What Motorcycle Gear to Wear in the Rain in Singapore

Man it rains a lot in Singapore. And not necessarily in predictable patterns either. Some rainy seasons are light and sporadic and some supposedly hot seasons are raining every other…

0
Riding in the heat still requires proper jackets

The Proper Motorcycle Jackets for Riding in the Singapore Heat

Last week we talked a bit about proper motorcycle footwear for Singapore. I’m still a bit haunted by the Google image search I ran on that one…so it’s good to…

0
Selamat Hari Raya Puasa

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri

This coming Monday marks the “Day of Celebration” for Muslims in Singapore. Traditionally this is a time for family, reflection and forgiveness. How will you be celebrating this Monday? From…

0
High Speed Train to KL

Singapore to KL in 2.5 hrs: Are You Excited About the HSR?

Proposed stops have been revealed for the planned High Speed Rail (HSR) link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Are you excited about being able to ride over and enjoy KL’s…

0
Motorcycle Stunt Rider

Hiroyuki Ogawa Stuntshow Live @ ECP Bigsplash Singapore

Hey all, We just received word on an exciting event to be held this weekend and thought many of you might enjoy as well, motorcycle rider or no. On the…

2
How Healthy Are Singapore's Favourite Foods

How Healthy Are Our Favourite Singapore Foods

Hey all, We were curious…just how healthy are some of Singapore’s makan favourites? I mean we all know how tasty our local food is, but is there a hidden cost?…

0
Morning coffee in Singapore

Coffee – Singapore’s Favourite Way to Start the Day

Starting the day with a cup of coffee is as natural to most people as brushing your teeth when you wake up. Well hopefully you brush your teeth when you…

0
eat healthy

Healthy Ageing

In this day and age with our modern medical technology and advances in medicine there’s no shortage of ways to keep ourselves looking more youthful. Unfortunately many of these ‘advancements’…

0
Western_Australian_Sunset_beach

South West Australia – Your Insider’s Guide

South West Australia was rightly chosen by Lonely Planet as one of the world’s Top 10 Regions in 2010. With boutique food and wine, towering forests, impressive wildlife and world…

0
High Speed Train to KL

Singapore to KL in 2.5 hrs: Are You Excited About the HSR?

Proposed stops have been revealed for the planned High Speed Rail (HSR) link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Are you excited about being able to ride over and enjoy KL’s…

0
Royal Palace Phnom Penh Cambodia

Can You Tip Too Much? A Singapore City Slicker Causes Chaos in Cambodia

My good friend Andy Yang has always been accustomed to the finer things in life. The best hotels, the trendiest restaurants and the comfiest travel options. If there is a…

1