Faced with the price of petrol, many French are turning to cars. (photo credit: Getty Images)
Between inflation, which has sent gas prices soaring, strikes at refineries or transport, many French are turning to car fleets. Sharing your journeys to work or a weekend away allows you to limit your carbon footprint as well as transport costs. How much can be saved? What are the best programs?
How much does parking cost?
Carpooling allows drivers and passengers to save money. The profit for the car owner varies according to the route and the number of people transported. Only expenses actually incurred by the driver can be shared. Above all, if we consider petrol and tolls and even the cost of parking, know that you can also combine the progressive wear and tear, maintenance and repair of your car, tires and insurance amount to determine your rate.
To simplify the calculation, you can use the fixed kilometer scale used by the tax authorities. Maximum tax rate
however, officials are advising drivers to offer fares around
per passenger. According to the information provided by the website of the Ministry of Economy ( www.economie.gouv.fr ), an employee who lives 30 km away from the workplace and takes turns driving with a neighbor or colleague every day saves almost as much.
in the year. You are not required to report these amounts until you make a profit.
Passengers of the vehicle also save money. It is difficult to accurately calculate the cost of a trip, as it depends on various factors such as distance, date and time of departure, demand… BlaBlaCar provides an indicative range, but each driver is free to set his own price. On average, a trip from Lyon to Paris costs
. It will cost you dearly
Between 50 and 60 euros
To go from Bordeaux to Paris and
From Nantes to Rennes.
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Carpooling: €100 subsidy for drivers from January 2023
80% of journeys from home to work are made by private vehicles, most of them alone. The share of daily cars is estimated at 3%. According to the National Carpooling Observatory, 645,556 unique passengers were transported by 495,319 vehicles in November 2022.
To encourage the development of the car fleet, the government is introducing a bonus from January 2023. New drivers who offer carpooling for journeys less than 80 km can get the most money.
. To avail this, they need to go through the appropriate car park website. This award is given in two phases:
after the first visit is over;
after the driver makes 9 additional trips within a maximum of 3 months.
The measure is part of the “national plan for daily car use” which aims to reach 3 million shared journeys per day by 2027 (2023-2027). The result is a saving of 4.5 million tons of CO2 emissions per year. More information at www.service-public.fr.
The best car apps to save you money
Klaxit, for home business trips:
With nearly 2 million trips offered every day, Klaxit bills itself as “the largest home-to-work car network.” Available for free on the App Store and Google Play, the app relies on a network of partnerships with around thirty local authorities and more than 250 companies to offer the best value, even free trips. In case of a last-minute cancellation, you have a free alternative with an Uber driver or taxi. Drivers are paid
per kilometer, with a min
per trip and per passenger.
BlaBlaCar and BlaBlaCar Daily:
BlaClaCar, the leader in the carpooling market, currently has 100 million users in nearly twenty countries, including 20 million in France. The application is intuitive: sending a new ride or registering takes a few minutes. Prices are publicly announced and include service charges. Other users, both drivers and passengers, can be registered. BlaBlaCar entered into a partnership with SNCF after acquiring OuiBus (renamed BlaBlaBus). Users can now find car sharing offers on the SNCF website and travel options combining train and car or bus in the app.
Check out BlaBlaCar Daily for daily commutes between home and work. You can offer up to 2 trips per day, with up to three passengers per trip. To encourage the use of cars, BlaBlaCar Daily charges no fees, subsidizes most trips by up to 40% and offers the first 4 trips before asking passengers for a financial contribution.
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Karos, to make everyday journeys easier:
Like Claxit, Karos specializes in commuting. The app has 600,000 users. This allows you to easily and quickly connect with people who share the same route as you. It only takes a few minutes to create an account, fill in your personal address, destination and set your usual departure times. You can choose to be a driver, passenger, or alternate and save some of your gas costs.
Karos has signed partnerships with many local authorities and companies (Safran, Airbus, La Poste, etc.) to offer advantageous conditions to users. The cost is almost painless for passengers. Payments are made directly through the application, no commission is charged.
Citygo, a car sharing app for city dwellers:
This free app, available on the App Store and Google Play, is primarily designed for trips to major cities such as Paris, Lille, Lyon or Bordeaux. This allows you to find last-minute carpooling, including shopping districts or university centers, in addition to household chores. A loyalty program rewards drivers by offering them discounts on trips or hotel nights.
Mobicoop, a flexible and low-cost cooperative program:
Mobicoop, formerly Roulez Malin, is a free car sharing service offered by a cooperative society of collective interests. It works without ads and requires no commission. The app claims prices are up to 30% cheaper than competitors and brings together a community of 400,000 carpoolers. Mobicoop makes it possible to share occasional and regular trips. The “Leave now” option allows you to find a travel companion at the last minute, including going to events (football matches, concerts, fairs or festivals). Payments can be made through the app or manually.
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