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French government announces €100 payment for those joining carpooling platforms

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French government announces €100 payment for those joining carpooling platforms
A sign indicating a car pool area in France. (Photo by PASCAL PAVANI / AFP)

In a national carpooling plan set to be announced on Tuesday, the French government will unveil the 14 measures it plans to take to encourage car-share, including a €100 bonus payment for first-time carpoolers.


The French government is set to unveil a new plan to encourage carpooling on Tuesday, which will offer drivers who register on carpooling platforms a benefit of €100, according to reporting by Franceinfo.

The measure was announced as part of France's winter energy-saving plan in November, with more details revealed on Tuesday.


Drivers will be able to register starting on January 1st, and the payment of €100 will be done in installements - with a lump sum upon registration and then the remaining amount distributed over the course of 10 carpooling journeys taken. These exact quantities will be made clear when the measures are formally announced on Tuesday.

According to Huffpost, some of the platforms to offer carpooling - for trips under 80 kilometres - will be Blabla Daily, Karos, and Klaxit.

The benefit will reportedly not be available to those who already use carpooling platforms.

"The objective is to convert new people with a financial incentive. Someone who is already a carpooler is already saving money on his or her trips," the General Secretariat for Ecological Planning told Huffpost.

The national plan will contain 14 measures in total, as part of the country's goal to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. "Carpooling is a very effective lever for reducing our country's fuel consumption in a sustainable way. It is good for the climate and good for the purchasing power of the French," French environment minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher told Huffpost.

The French government's goal is to triple the number of carpooling trips per day to reach three million by 2027.

Christophe Béchu, the environment minister, told Le Monde that these three million carpooling trips would "represent four to five million tonnes of carbon dioxide avoided." 


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