Katrina Lee and Vicki Norman of the RTA enjoy the benefits of car pooling.
Katrina Lee and Vicki Norman of the RTA enjoy the benefits of car pooling. ADAM HOURIGAN

Car pools in right direction

WITH the everyday costs of living rising, more people are travelling the smart way to work or study by car pooling with friends or colleagues.

To help reduce their carbon footprint and make the roads safer, councils around the Northern Rivers region, Southern Cross University and North Coast Area Health have joined together to offer commuters this smarter way to travel.

The Northern Rivers-wide initiative will be officially launched next week and branded car pool road signs will be erected in specific public car parks.

Those who choose to travel together will have access to designated priority car pool spaces in the car parks that support the initiative.

Clarence Valley mayor Richie Williamson said car pooling brought a whole range of benefits and encouraged the Valley to get behind the initiative.

“A lot of our cars on the roads are single-occupant cars and a lot of time they go to the same places,” he said.

Car pooling is a practical way to share transport costs and reduce road congestion and vehicle pollution.

By sharing just two trips a week, someone travelling a 90-kilometre distance (from Maclean to Grafton and back) could save more than $750 in a year on fuel.

Katrina Lee has been car pooling to work in Grafton with colleagues since she made the move to Yamba a few months ago.

“I usually share the travelling with four others because it saves a packet on fuel,” she said.

“My car doesn’t even leave the garage some days, which reduces the wear and tear on it, too.”

If you are looking to save some cash but don’t know anyone in the workplace or study environment that car pools, you can go online and register at www.nrcarpool.org and the site will match you will people travelling in the same direction.

Benefits of car pooling

 Helps reduce carbon gas emissions

 Saves money

 Reduces wear and tear on the car and you

 Makes roads safer by cutting car usage and reduces traffic congestion

 A great way to meet new people while travelling to work or study

 Improves mobility options for non-drivers

 Reduces parking issues and costs

 Designated car spaces are allocated to those who chose to car pool.

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