Is there, or should there be a way to enforce mandatory car pooling?

United States
January 19, 2007 11:18am CST
I live in a very small town and commute 2 miles to work. But I often think about those who commute a half hour or more in and around larger cities. Is there (I truly do not know) mandatory carpooling? Would there be a way to do this and enforce it? With the current gas prices and the purported gas shortages, should we not look to ways of making carpooling mandatory?
2 responses
@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
23 Feb 07
I admit it does look nice in theory but it's not always possible. Depending on where you live if no one works in the same area to car pool might mean going out of your way. Also shift differences, some work 7 to 3, some 8 to 4, some 9 to 5 or 10 to 6 and that's just day shift left alone afternoons or midnights. Then you have the problem of the driver needing to go home sick or there is an emergency at home. Even if it's not the driver what does the passenger do? It just isn't always possible to carpool. Let alone as you pointed out how do you enforce it? How do you prove that there is no one who could car pool with or that you normally do but they called in sick? How does a cop know which ones are going to work and which ones are just going to visit a friend? I don't think it would work out too well for being mandatory and enforcing it by law.
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• United States
20 Jan 07
Carpooling where I live really would help out a lot. I don't think there would be a way to make it mandatory though. A good thing in cities is public transportation. A lot of people do drive, but in our town even more people take the train or bus. Public transportation is a great way to cut down on gas and congestion in the cities.
• United States
20 Jan 07
Oh yeah. I love going to larger cities and having the convenience of public transportation. If I lived in one, I wouldn't bother trying to fight traffic and find a place to park! I would plant my hindend on public transportation!