13 June 2012 by Julienne du Toit

Need a lift?

Looking for a lift to a near or distant destination in South Africa? Liftshare.co.za (a local version of the better-known international website) is the new way to find a travel buddy and halve both your carbon footprints.

Liftshare can get you there (and save carbon emissions). Photo Chris Marais

Travel down any highway in South Africa and you’ll see that most of the vehicles have a single occupant – the driver. A large percentage of them are probably going to the same destination.

If any of them gave a lift to another person, they’d be halving the costs (and the carbon footprint). But where to find such people?

Internationally, 500 000 members have registered, and according to Liftshare’s figures, more than 552-million kilometres will be shared in the next year.

Because of this disconnect, two South Africans, Patrick Hebbard and Thozamile Javu, have launched the local version of liftshare.com, which is the world’s largest lift-sharing network.

Liftshare, according to Javu and Hebbard, aims to help people make travel more sustainable. You register online to find people with similar journeys. You can also specify if you’d rather have a same-gender lift buddy.

Internationally, 500 000 members have registered, and according to Liftshare’s figures, more than 552-million kilometres will be shared in the next year.

The website also has Frequently Asked Questions, which relate to safety, how much you can charge or be charged, insurance, how and where to meet your Liftshare buddy and other issues.

Registering on the website is free.

Category: Responsible Tourism

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