I talk to the West Australian newspaper about car pooling

I talk to the West Australian newspaper about car pooling


Only 16 cars each day are using more than 200 cheaper CBD bays set aside for carpooling commuters, prompting calls for more to be done to encourage the practice.

While welcoming a City of Perth initiative which has been in place since 2000, transport expert Rachel Smith said more should be done to encourage its use.

Ms Smith works for the State Government in Queensland and is currently in Perth for the 2016 Parking Australia Convention and Exhibition. She said communication was the key to carpooling working in Perth.

“City of Perth should go into workplaces and guide motorists on what they should do,” she said.

“Work out what people value and appeal to them, tell them why it is beneficial for them.

“It’s not enough to just tell people they should carpool.”

Figures supplied by the City of Perth show that up to 4000 motorists use the carpooling bays every year, an average of about 16 per day.

Carpooling discounts were introduced in 2000 and those who carpool currently pay between $1.60 and $4.60 less, depending on the carpark.

Executive assistant Lynne Karow chooses to carpool with co-worker Mike O’Halloran because of this discount.

“It all works out in the long run because I work full time,” she said.

“The carpark always has availability so it’s very reliable.”

Carpooling is not the City of Perth’s only strategy to reduce congestion, with the Australian first “real time availability” feature on their CPParking application helping motorists find a bay faster.

While Ms Smith acknowledges that technology can help, she said the public could play an important role.

“Carpool, catch the bus or ride your bike once a week,” she said.

“If everyone did a little bit of everything, imagine how much that would reduce congestion in peak hours.”

Carpooling discounts are currently available at the Roe Street, Queens Gardens and Mayfair Street carparks between 6.30am and 8.30am.