September 27, 2014 - 1:49 PM
VERNON - The City of Vernon is co-sponsoring this year’s Annual Carpool Month promotion that takes place October 6 to 31, 2014. During this period, commuters in Vernon and throughout the Okanagan are encouraged to visit Carpool.ca and participate in various activities to be eligible to win $100 free fuel cards.
The carpool program, which is available to commuters throughout the Okanagan, is funded in partnership with the City of Vernon, City of Kelowna, UBC Okanagan and the Regional Districts of Central, North and Okanagan Similkameen as well as Westbank First Nation. These groups encourage commuters to consider using the carpool-matching service provided at Carpool.ca. There are currently 1,049 registrants from these regions. The user-friendly system is secure and free. As more and more people register, carpooling becomes an even more viable transportation alternative for commuters.
“The City of Vernon is pleased is be a sponsor of the Carpool service.” said Mayor Rob Sawatzky, “By working in partnership with RDNO and other regional partners, we assists in building the capacity of this service, which helps reduce the impact on our roads and the environment. Carpooling makes good economic sense for motorists and our communities.”
Although the costs of gas and parking are readily noticeable, the true costs of owning and operating a vehicle are much higher than most drivers would suspect. According to Statistics Canada, the average Canadian household spends over $12,000 per year on transportation alone, the second highest family expense after housing.
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