THE money TIP

CityPress - - Business -

One of the eas­i­est ways to save money is to share a ride to work and back ev­ery day. If you don’t know of any­one you can share a route with, you could try CarTrip.

This is a ride-shar­ing ser­vice that uses a web­site or mo­bile app that en­ables driv­ers to con­nect with peo­ple who are com­mut­ing along the same route.

How­ever, you must re­mem­ber to fac­tor in other costs be­fore us­ing the ser­vice – book­ing fees are added to the price of the ride when the pas­sen­ger pays on­line.

The fees in­clude a fixed amount of R2.50 and a vari­able amount of 15% of the sum paid to the driver, which cov­ers bank­ing fees, and SMS and email fees. VAT (14%) is then added to the sum of th­ese two amounts.

Chris Faure, the founder of CarTrip, says: “If you es­ti­mate that most peo­ple drive a round trip to work of about 30km each day – and that many cars use 4 to 5 litres of fuel per 30km – if you car­pool with one other per­son for a full year, you would save about 1 000 litres of petrol.”

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