Know How To Carpool in Dubai
Driving a car isn’t something everybody wants to do. While there are motorheads who can practically live in a car, there are people who use cars only as a means to commute. Usually, for the people who choose to drive to commute, the option of taking a cab isn’t always a fair choice, owing to the high costs of hailing a cab every day.
Taking public transport can be tiring, and in certain situations, a person has to use multiple options to reach the office, which takes its own time.
Owing to the growing need to commute, and the want to do it in a manner that doesn’t take the sail out of the boat, people are increasingly looking forward to Carpool as the way forward. This want for comfort backed commute that allows a person to concentrate on the work at hand, and stay focused and energetic for the rest of the day, is driving this culture for opting for Carpool.
Carpool is when two or more people pool their resources, in this case, their cars and petrol expenses. Carpooling can be for a particular part of journey or end to end. For example, two colleagues can carpool together, either using the money to take a cab or by taking their cars alternate days, and so on.
In Dubai, carpooling can be done legally in keeping with the set criteria of the Dubai RTA. To cater to the demands of the people who wish to carpool, the RTA created a website, Sharekni, which translates to “Share With Me” in English.
Dubai RTA has maintained that the initiative is only meant to decrease the traffic congestion; instead of using carpooling as a means to pick up random strangers and generate profits. Although, RTA allows the driver and the passengers to mutually agree and combine the costs involved in the process of carpooling, such as sharing petrol, parking charges, and the maintenance expenses.
As per the regulations, all car drivers will be allowed to have a maximum of four other passengers in the car.
But for carpooling, the first step is to register on the website. The registration cost will be for free. The permit is valid for a period of six months, after which the registration will have to be repeated.
To find a carpool driver going in the same direction as a person wishes to go to, an individual may register self at the Sharekni to connect with the drivers.
Registering as a Driver
2. Fill in all the necessary details such as email address, contact number, and create a username and password. A person will have to accept the terms and conditions provided, following which the person will be asked to verify the email address.
3. After verification of the account, a person will be able to continue with the registration and enter information such as:
Driving License and Car Plate Number
The passengers can be added to the preferences. However, make it a point to get the RTA confirmation printed and keep it in the car at all times. Dubai Police and RTA can ask for the document while checking.
Registering as a Passenger
2. Enter all the important details including the email address, phone number, to create the required username and password. After accepting the T&C, the person will have to verify the details by logging into the email address and clicking the verification link.
3. A person will then be able to continue forward with the registration and fill in personal, location-based and passenger preferences details as mentioned on the website.
4. After the registration is completed, an SMS confirmation will be provided. If a carpool driver will search the website database for the location and the timing mentioned by the person, they will be able to contact for carpool.