In less than 100 words, what is your idea?:
The idea is to facilitate a greater uptake of car pooling by Australian commuters, to deliver social, environmental and economic outcomes. The best way to do this is to develop an on-line, car pooling database package that local councils can adopt easily. Car pooling in Australia is currently very fragmented, leading to low adoption and poor outcomes for commuters. A good solution is for local councils to lead the way, providing a database for their area that will become the car pooling database of choice for local residents. Local governments have been reluctant to implement databases to date, due to resourcing issues and concerns about legal liability.
What’s really new about your idea?:
I have not found any local council or State Government in Australia that currently facilitates car pooling effectively for its constituents. People who want to car pool need to search their way through a plethora of choices, hoping that by some chance a person who lives and works near them will be using the same choice of car pool database as them. Promoting car pooling through local council areas has the potential to exponentially increase the uptake of car pooling in Australia.