Do I need a car to car share?
No, many people are happy to offer lifts in exchange for sharing the fuel costs. On the Liftshare platform you can register your journey 'as a passenger' if you don't have a car. If you cycle or walk to work, it's always good to find a car share partner just in case one day you need a lift. If you own a car, you may want to alternate the driving on a regular commute, or use Liftshare on a rainy day, for example if your car goes in for MOT.
What happens if I find that car sharing doesn't suit me?
If you find that car sharing does not suit you, you can stop at any time.
How much should I charge / pay for sharing a lift?
Liftshare calculates a suggested contribution per passenger for your journey based on the length of your trip and using HM Revenue and Customs Approved Mileage Payment Allowance. Drivers can adjust the price within a capped window, to ensure passenger costs offset real costs and no profit is made - therefore not invalidating your car insurance. The contribution set by the driver using this system is fixed, making it simple and transparent for everyone involved.
What are the legal and insurance implications of car sharing?
The Public Passenger Vehicle Act (1981 Section 1(4)) outlines the rules that govern car sharing. Passenger contributions should be arranged before travel and should not exceed the running costs (including wear and depreciation) of the vehicle for the trip. Liftshare calculates a suggested price per passenger for your journey based on the length of your trip and using HM Revenue and Customs Approved Mileage Payment Allowance.
In most countries, insurers state that car sharing will not affect an individual's car insurance. 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: "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 2012)
Over 300 insurance providers are members of the ABI, accounting for about 95% of the motor insurance market in the UK. Drivers with any concerns, however, should check with their own insurance company as terms and conditions may vary between insurance providers over time.
How can I check if the driver's car is taxed and has passed its MOT? (UK only)
We recommend that you ask the driver for the Vehicle Registration Number and make of vehicle. You can then check the details at vehicleenquiry.service.gov.uk
What if I car share and I’m off sick or have to leave the University suddenly?
You will need to advise your car share partner as soon as possible, so they can make alternative arrangements.
If you’re a member of staff who is car sharing as a passenger, and need to get home in an emergency or in the event of an unforeseen circumstance in which you cannot travel home with your car share driver, you can be reimbursed for the costs of travel from the University to your home. For full terms and conditions, please see our Staff Guaranteed Ride Home Scheme document.
Will my personal contact details be visible to other users?