goCarShare users could get priority festival parking

Reading, Leeds and Latitude queue-jumps up for grabs for liftsharers

Photographer:Sara Bowrey

Chris Eustace - 17 May 2012

The first 200 cars to sign up to the scheme will get priority parking for their chosen festival.

The site is free to use, with sharers contributing to the overall cost of the journey through a recommended tariff. With  an easy-to-use interface, goCarShare is built around Facebook so users can screen who they pair up with, using information pulled through from Facebook and find people who are friends of friends and have similar musical tastes. 

There’s also an eBay style rating system to help weed out any bad drivers or unreliable passengers. Over 7,000 people have signed up since its launch.

Latest initiatives include a mobile app connecting car sharers on the move, live journey feeds and a forthcoming music channel,  goCarShare Sessions.

This year, Secret Garden Party has commissioned a giant map on site which people can request rides on at the festival, while SGP and Glade are also introducing an empty car seat tax of £2.50 per seat, in the hope that it’ll encouraging car sharing.

Creamfields, Parklife, Hop Farm, WOMAD , Bloodstock , Relentless NASS, Shambala , Sunrise Celebration , WOWFest , Golden Down , Lovebox , Castlepalooza and the Isle Of Wight Festival are among the new events to have joined the goCarShare scheme this year, as festivals and punters alike seek to  cut their carbon footprint.

Click here for the goCarShare site.


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