Carpooling urged

Carpool Month runs throughout the Okanagan from Oct. 6 to 31.

Carpool Month runs throughout the Okanagan from Oct. 6 to 31.

During this period, commuters are encouraged to visit Carpool.ca and participate in various activities to be eligible to win $100 free fuel cards.

Residents are urged to consider using the carpool-matching service provided at Carpool.ca as a transportation alternative.

“By working in partnership with the Regional District of North Okanagan and other regional partners, we assist in building the capacity of this service, which helps reduce the impact on our roads and the environment. Carpooling makes good economic sense for motorists and our communities,” said Rob Sawatzky, Vernon mayor.

“Although the costs of gas and parking are readily noticeable, the true costs of owning and operating a vehicle are much higher than most drivers would suspect.”

According to Statistics Canada, the average Canadian household spends more than $12,000 per year on transportation alone, the second highest family expense after housing.