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Sure. However, it’s best for carpoolers to get acquainted prior to riding together.
You and your carpool partners should discuss how to fairly distribute the costs of your commute. You can do this by taking turns as the carpool driver, or by having the driver charge each rider a fare that you all agree on. Remember that there are more expenses than just gasoline. Each rider should be expected to pay for a share of the gasoline, parking, oil, service, and wear and tear. For help refer to following guide from AAA.
Yes, it’s the law. You need insurance for your car and for your passengers. Check with your insurance agent to make sure that you have adequate coverage. Carpool riders may want to see if they qualify for a discount because they are not driving to work each day.
Some people only want to ride and are willing to reimburse part of the costs, while others prefer to share the driving. If driving is shared, no money need exchange hands.
It is up to the "poolers" to decide what their pickup points will be. Remember, they should be convenient to all pooling members.
Carpoolers should pick a leave time and stick to it. If problems continue, then partners should discuss ways to reach a resolution. Also, carpoolers should let their supervisors know of their carpool arrangements.
Carpoolers should try a four-week period. This will give them a chance to knock out the kinks and test the waters.
Hopefully, the carpoolers established a trial period. This way, if one or both do not like the situation it’s easier to leave it.
Yes! A carpool trip counts regardless of the trip length.
You will be able to see your personal cost savings, gallons of gasoline saved and how much air pollution you've prevented from being emitted. Plus, you show support for the program and help encourage others to take part.
Unless you opt-out when registering, the calendar is also used as the prize entry form for promotions and campaigns. Qualifying trips will be automatically entered into these various promotions. Through these promotions you may win prizes such as a vacation get-away or gift cards.
Pierce Transit, Pierce County, and the City of Tacoma are not responsible for technical failures in entry transmission, lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, or illegible entries. Entry constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) to use the winner's name and company name for the purposes of promotion on behalf of Pierce Trips. Pierce Trips reserves the right to request a short interview and picture from winners for the purposes of promotion on behalf of Pierce Trips.
It depends. Each prize drawing is associated with a different campaign. Each campaign has its own criteria for which trip purposes or modes make a user eligible for the prize drawing (providing they did not opt-out of prize drawings). Some campaigns focus on commute trips by any non-drive alone mode (e.g. Wheel Options). Some campaigns focus on a certain mode (e.g. Bike Month). Check our campaign eligibility page for details.
Pierce Trips and partnering organizations will comply with the IRS reporting requirements for prize winners. According to the IRS instructions, the organization must submit a Form 1099-MISC for any person receiving over $600 in prizes and awards. Recipients of prizes qualifying for a 1099-MISC must agree to provide the information necessary for the 1099-MISC in order to receive their prize; they should expect to receive their forms in time to file their appropriate tax returns.
Another goal of the program is to reduce air pollution. According to the EPA, current motorcycle engines pollute at a rate 90 times higher per mile than passenger cars or even a large sport utility vehicle. More information on this issue may be found through the Environmental Protection Agency's website.
A motorcycle qualifies as a carpool only if more than one person is riding the same cycle. Environmental Protection Agency-Motorcycles