Ontario carpooling restrictions -

You can only gasp in amazement at the story here about the ruling handed out by an Ontario court to a web start-up designed to assist people to carpool.

No matter that Ontario allegedly wants to encourage carpooling on environmental grounds, it seems the transport companies who were behind the action think that making carpooling harder for people will shift them out of their cars onto public transport.

The PickupPal blog sets out the Ontario restrictions, which brought them into Court:

The only way you can ride with someone is if you meet ALL of the following extremely impractical set of specific criteria:


However, it appears even the Ontario Govt recognise the lunacy of the situation and appear to have begun the process of changing the rules.

Sadly services like this don't eliminate the concerns people have about accepting a lift from strangers, which is probably the biggest deterrent to greater take-up.

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