CoCoRide General Info
CoCoRide is a not for profit entity. Any surplus funds go back into improving our ridesharing service so that you can have a better experience.
When you sign up for CoCoRide, we ask you to give your contact details so that if someone wants to get in contact with you, we can pass on THEIR details. Your contact details are kept hidden from people unless you ask us to share them.
To explain this more clearly, picture two users: John and Bec. If John asks to share a ride with Bec, Bec will get John’s contact details but John doesn’t get Bec’s until she replies to him.
In terms of CoCoRide’s use of your contact details. We have a strict no-spam policy. We will not pass on your details to any external provider without your permission.
If you’re a driver, you can recover some of your vehicle operating costs by ridesharing. How much you make will depend on how often you share rides and with how many people. To start off with, you need to calculate how much the ride costs. Use the Fuel Estimate cost calculator to work out how much your trip will cost in petrol.
Then divide that number by two. Let’s say the trip will cost $20. A fair price to charge the other person would be half that: $10. If you find someone else after that, they can pay the other $10 and you’re set.
You’re not allowed to make a profit: under Australian law, you are not allowed to charge more than your costs. If you do that, you’ll breach your insurance terms and conditions and wouldn’t be covered if you got in an accident.
Look and see if there is anyone heading the same way. For example, if you want to go to Tough Mudder and you can see that Jack is already there, you can click on the “Contact them” button. You will then be asked to fill in your details so we can put you in contact with the other person.
Note: we will not give you the other person’s details until they agree. We will send them an email on your behalf. This is to protect your safety and to protect their safety.
You don’t have to talk. Just be upfront with the other person and tell them you’d like some quiet time.
Although we really care about your safety, we can’t guarantee that nothing will go wrong. We do our best to help protect you from any danger by keeping your details private unless you choose to disclose them to others. We’re working on a new site that will allow people to verify their identity by submitting their driver’s licence to a third party authentication service. Once we’ve got that, we feel the site will be even safer.
For now, we recommend you take common sense safety precautions such as letting other people know when you’re ridesharing, ridesharing with a friend, always taking your phone with you, calling the other person in advance to suss them (or even better: meeting them in person). The best check is when you go to step into the car or pick someone up. If you don’t like the look of the other person, then politely say no thanks. It’s better to be safe than sorry.