22 Sep 2009

Carpooling scheme exceeds expectations

3:27 pm on 22 September 2009

New Zealand's first region-wide carpooling scheme has exceeded expectations. About 800 people have signed on to the Wellington Regional Council's scheme since it was launched four months ago.

The aim of the "Let's Carpool" initiative is to reduce road congestion by helping workers find others to carpool with, via a website.

Council spokesperson Ping Sim says even people from Palmerston North and Pahiatua are now carpooling into the Wellington region, because of the website.

She says the next goal is to get more than 1,000 people involved.

The Green Party's transport spokesperson, Jeanette Fitzsimons, says carpooling's time appears to have come, because people have grasped the idea that oil prices will continue rising in the long term.