Carpooling in Canada? You're Breaking The Law!

Carpooling is a really good idea. It saves gas, money, the environment ... But if you live in Ontario, Canada, it is also illegal.

Well, here's the story of a startup company called PickupPal, who wants to make it easier for people to find others traveling to the same place and carpool there:

Great idea, right? Wrong. The bus companies freaked and sued under an Ontario law that limits carpoolers to traveling only from home to work and back, riding with the same driver every day and paying only by the week, among other restrictions. This is despite the fact that the government has spent “billions” in carpooling lanes.

Anyway, the court case was decided and PickupPal lost. They were fined CA$11,000 and forced to keep that despicable carpooling activity within the strict limits of the law

TechCrunch has the story: Link


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Oh, too bad you didn't check this out before publishing. Sort of makes me wonder about more of the Neatorama posts. Have a look here for the real explanation:
http://moneygrubbinglawyer.com/2008/11/13/get-it-right-carpooling-is-still-legal-pickuppalcom-is-not/
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Thanks Ando for the update. Humm... I'll have to research this. It's obvious that you know what you're talking about because I live in Ottawa, and it's true what you say about prices from Ottawa to Mtl. What a rip off.
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Yeah the Public Transport folks here in Ontario seem to think monopolizing over the system means they can get away with anything.
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I still stand by my original statement:

"That story is probably missing a lot of details. Never heard of any laws against car pooling."

And yes, I think any story that would report otherwise is sensationalistic and wildly inaccurate.
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