Commuters beat the fuel price hike, go carpooling
New Delhi, June 7: In the wake of steep price hike of petrol and diesel, India's first carpool matching website has become a big hit with commuters burdened by high fuel prices.
Indimoto.com, which launched in April 2006, is helping hundreds of commuters in forming carpools across the country.
Most of the carpool ads are being posted by commuters from big cities such as Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore where traffic congestion is high and commuters are aware of carpools as a good alternative to private transport.
By forming carpools, commuters can share a vehicle and travel together, thereby saving on fuel and vehicle maintenance costs. A car owner who drove alone to work can share his/her car with one, two or three people traveling on the same route and easily reduce his/her monthly fuel expense by 50-75 per cent with everyone sharing the fuel costs.
On website commuters are able to post their own carpool ads in the carpool section or search for ads according to city, area and pin code thereby getting sharp and accurate results, all for free.
There is also a privacy option where users can hide personal information and manage responses to their carpool ads via the online mailbox itself, this is a useful feature for women who want a carpool but are hesitant of putting their contact information online.
''I used to drive my car 50 km daily to and fro work and was spending Rs 6,000 on petrol every month, it was burning a hole in my pocket. I heard of Indimoto.com's carpool website and was able to match up with two executives who stay close to my home and travel to the same business park, now we share the fuel expense and I pay only Rs 2,000 a month, that's a huge monthly saving for me,'' says Vaibhav, a carpooler from Gurgaon.
Carpools also contribute greatly to environmental preservation since lesser vehicles on the road means less air pollution and traffic congestion. Vehicular emissions are a major cause for global warming and also many pollution-related ailments.
According to Founder and Indimoto.com CEO Udit Bhandari, ''Carpools are a very sensible alternative to private and public transport and its major benefits include fuel saving, reduction in environmental pollution, decongestion of urban roads and monetary savings for the commuters.'' Also carpools generate a sense of community and caring for your environment. ''Carpools are a common phenomenon in the developed world, often supported by city and state government for the many advantages they offer,'' he added.
The website has taken the initiative in India and is promoting the message 'it's cool to pool'!