Ride Share Car rainbow

What is ride sharing?

It's the same thing as car-pooling. Ride sharing is two or more people travelling together in a car.

Why should I share rides?

There are many environmental and practical reasons for sharing rides but the best reason is because it's really fun. Users rave about how much fun they had arriving with a friend or a group. Ride sharing gives people a chance to have great conversations or even meet someone new.

Sharing a ride also reduces the number of vehicles on the road and that reduces carbon emissions. When you offer a ride, you help the environment and also a friend or a neighbour. It provides a new transportation option where bus service is inadequate. Most importantly, ride sharing creates connections and strengthens our local community. You can share a ride to anywhere on the Coast and it's always more fun to arrive with a friend!

Who can offer and request rides on the site?

You must be nineteen (19) years of age or older to register for an account or otherwise use the service. 

How does it work? 

  1. Sign up as a new user, or login to get started. All you need is an e-mail address and internet access. Once you've signed up, please check your email and click on the link provided to authenticate your account. This tells us that you're a real person and that you're ready to begin using the site. Alternately, you can choose to login with your Google+, Facebook or Twitter account and that means you won't need to remember a new user name and password. It's up to you.

  2. Offer or Request a Ride to an Event: Start by looking at the “Events Calendar”, or view “All Rides”. You can then ask to join an existing ride, offer a ride to someone who's asking, or make a new offer or request of your own. Plot where you'd like to the ride to start and end on the Sunshine Coast map. Zoom in and out on the map using the + or - tools. Select the date and time, then decide who will see your post. Friends? Groups? or Everyone? Review the details of your offer or request, make changes if needed, then post it on the site.

  3. Negotiate a Pick Up Time: Communicate directly through the website. This means that you don't need to provide your contact information to other users.. You will be notified via email when there is a response to your post, then use share-there.com to finalize a pick up time.

  4. Confirm Your Ride: Once you've negotiated a time that works for both driver and passenger, please confirm your ride by clicking the “Confirm” button and you're ready to go! 

Is ride sharing really free?

Yes. Share-There provides a communication platform free of charge for arranging ride sharing. Share-There assumes no responsibility for cost sharing or payment arrangements. Users of the Service receive no compensation from Share-There for ride sharing. This is a completely free, optional service that you use at your own risk, just as you would if you obtained a ride with a friend or relative. Offering free rides also simplifies insurance issues for drivers. Please see below for more information.

Does my regular car insurance cover me and my passengers when ride sharing?

Yes, in most circumstances your existing insurance should be sufficient when sharing FREE rides. Sharing a ride for free means that you receive no compensation from any source for driving and do not accept payment. If you are offering rides, you should contact your vehicle insurer to verify that you hold sufficient insurance coverage to protect all passengers in your vehicle. Share-There does not verify the existence or adequacy of drivers’ insurance nor does it provide any insurance coverage for the benefit of any users who are sharing rides.

What is expected from drivers?

Drivers are required to have the following, as per Share-There's Terms of Service:

  • You have a current and valid driver's license.

  • You are the registered owner, or have permission from the registered owner, of the motor vehicle that you are using.

  • You carry all insurance required by law in order to operate a motor vehicle in the province where your vehicle is registered, in the province of British Columbia and the province where the ride is given.

  • You carry liability insurance that covers bodily injury to all occupants of your vehicle.

  • You carry third party liability coverage of at least $2,000,000.

  • You have no record of convictions for criminal driving offence(s).

  • You are medically fit to drive.

  • You receive no compensation from any source for driving and do not accept payment from other website Users (passengers) when sharing rides;

  • You are an independent individual party participating, with others, in a voluntary ride sharing arrangement;

  • You follow prescribed manufacturer preventative and maintenance standards for the vehicle(s) you use when ride sharing.

  • You agree to drive safely and according to all applicable laws and regulations.

Does Share-There screen drivers?

No. This is a communication platform only. Drivers and passengers who sign up as members of share-there.com can use the site to communicate directly with each other. We are not a transportation provider and serve only as a communication conduit.

Who's responsible for my safety?

You are entirely responsible for your safety while using the website and participating in a ride sharing (or “car-pooling”) arrangement. SHARE-THERE HAS NOT INVESTIGATED OR VERIFIED ANY USER'S DRIVING CERTIFICATIONS. It is your responsibility to contact, interview and select the people you share rides with and to make your own independent judgement as to whether to drive and/or ride with them.  Our Terms of Service state that Share-There does not:

(i) conduct any criminal, motor vehicle record, insurance or other investigations or background checks on Users,

(ii) inspect or otherwise investigate the condition or safety of vehicles driven by Share-There Users,

(iii) assume any responsibility for determining the suitability of ride sharing for You or Your ability to participate in ride sharing, or

(iv) assume any obligation to take any steps to ensure Your safety when sharing rides.

What is expected from passengers?

Passengers are expected to show-up on time for the pick up and to conduct themselves in a polite and respectful manner. Ride sharing passengers:

  • behave in a manner that does not compromise vehicle safety or the safety of any person(s) in the vehicle;

  • cannot use the Service to conduct illegal activities; and

  • cannot be in possession of illegal or dangerous substances or items.