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Empty Seats Fuel Congestion

The majority of commuters in western countries who drive a car to work and back every day do so with empty seats in their car. In fact most cars at peak hour, have only one person in them. The endless lines of cars crawling along freeways into and out of town centres at peak hour are largely empty.

In Australia, on just one of those major transport arteries, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, surveys showed that more than 83% of cars had only the driver on board. Every day more than 100,000 private vehicles stream into the city of Sydney while the trains, buses and ferry’s that service the city are also at capacity at peak hour. In that case if just one in 5 of the drivers, who commute into the city an otherwise empty car, were to stop driving and fill an empty seat in one of the other cars, more than 15,000 cars would not go into the city.

The difference in congestion, pollution, noise, and mobility in the city would be immediately noticed and would increase the quality of life for all of the hundreds of thousands of people who travel to, work and live in the Sydney CBD every day.

While they were doing it, the people sharing rides would also be saving thousands of dollars each a year, avoid the use of tens of thousands of litres of petrol, the emission of tens of thousands of tons of pollutants, and by simply not driving their own car empty other than themselves, they would do something for everyone in the community.

There are no negative outcomes from carpooling.

If that is so, why do more people not do it? (Aust.) Pty Ltd is a company that was established in 2000 to explore that question, and to answer it. For several years our first internet based carpooling system operated from this site – However our now advanced second generation product is operating from

For the time being this site will be used to publish some of the findings of our years of enquiry into the problems of single occupant vehicles (SOVs), and explore options for making them the exception, rather than the rule.