While the strikes against the pension reform will disrupt public transport, the Île-de-France Region is promoting its carpooling aid.
With the pension reform and past and future strikes, many citizens are getting into the habit of turn to carpooling, when various public transport is not available. The Ile-de-France authorities have understood this well and offer aid to help develop carpooling.
Thus, drivers offering carpooling can benefit aid ranging from 1.5 to 3 euros per passenger and per trip. It also depends on the distance traveled. The monthly boost can, in total, go up to 150 euros. Even if such a sum is undoubtedly intended for a very small minority of carpooling drivers.
Passengers helped with carpooling
Passengers are not left out. They can be reimbursed by Île-de-France Mobilités (IDFM) for two journeys per day. This within a limit of 30 kilometers max. And only if they are holders of a monthly or annual Navigo pass. This last circumstance disappears, however, in the event of a pollution peak or “major disturbances” In public transports.
This will undoubtedly be useful during the coming strikes against the pension reform. Especially since this aid is not means-tested and therefore concerns everyone.
An overly discreet carpooling assistance device
Still, these nudges are currently confidential. So, IDFM is relaunching a campaign to promote them. The FM radio of Sanef 107.7of the road operator (managing the A1, A4, A13 and A14 in Île-de-France) will broadcast a spot recalling the advantages of carpooling as well as the existence of this aid system from this Monday 6 until Friday 10 March.
According to IDFM, 200,000 journeys are made each month by carpooling in Île-de-France. On strike days, it can explode. IDFM thus reimbursed 8,582 trips on January 19 (first day of strike) then nearly 11,000 on January 31 and February 7. Especially since the government has also launched carpooling aid, which can attract drivers and passengers.
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