FindaLift: South Africa’s first ride share initiative

Submitted by: Amanda Botes, Wednesday, November 14, 2012

<p>Ride share initiatives can help an organisation to reduce their indirect carbon emissions associated with employee commuting (Image credit: <a href='http://www.123rf.com/photo_10173447_youth-lifestyle--two-smiling-friends-women-driving-in-car.html'>martinan / 123RF Stock Photo</a>).</p>

Ride share initiatives can help an organisation to reduce their indirect carbon emissions associated with employee commuting (Image credit: martinan / 123RF Stock Photo).

“FindaLift is the first online ride share initiative in South Africa that assists employees to link up with other employees of an organisation to share lifts to work daily”, says Daniel Claassen, founder and Managing Member of FindaLift.   Ride share initiatives help employees of an organisation to save on transport costs while at the same time reducing the amount of carbon and other emissions generated by employees travelling to work.   Ride sharing also reduces the parking space requirements of an organisation. 

Ride share system for organisations

FindaLift provides a ride share service for organisations by establishing a private group online for a specific organisation.   FindaLift sets up a private webpage using the branding of the company and restricts access to employees of the organisation.  Employees can register their details on the webpage and use it to link up with other employees that are travelling the same way for a particular journey. 

The first organisation to sign up for the system in South Africa is Stellenbosch University says Claassen. FindaLift charges organisations a fee to set up a branded webpage and thereafter an annual license fee for maintenance and support.  The FindaLift platform also enables organisations to calculate the carbon emissions and money that have been saved through ride sharing. 

Ride share system for individuals

FindaLift is an online ride share platform for South Africa (Screenshot of the FindaLift website)

FindaLift also provides a free online ride share platform for individuals who are offering lifts and individuals who are looking for lifts.  The FindaLift service for individuals has over 6,000 members at present.  The platform also provides safety guidelines and tips for ride sharing.   

The system was set up in 2009 by Claassen after witnessing high levels of traffic during peak hours and realising that the only way that South Africans could arrange ride sharing was through word of mouth.  Claassen did some research and found out that online ride share initiatives were working well in the United Kingdom and United States of America and decided to create an online system for South Africans.

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Amanda Botes