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General Information

How the Program Works

  1. Two people need to buy a car pool permit from the Cashiers Office
  2. They need to collect a 'Free Parking Voucher' for Mondays and Fridays from the Transport Office (see Free Parking Voucher)
  3. Two car pool permits must be displayed together on the passenger side dash board of the car
  4. Park in one of the priority placed car pooling bays around campus when you display the two permits

Free Parking Voucher

The University understands that for many people it is impractical to car pool every day. For this reason we have devised a 'Free Parking Voucher' which can be displayed with one car pool permit on Mondays and Fridays if you need to drive to campus by yourself on these days.

You must park in the general parking bays, not in the priority placed spots when you use the Free Parking Voucher.

The Cost of Ride Share permits

One car pool permits costs $32.00 per semester and $58.00 for the year. Permits can be purchased at Cashiers. You need two of these displayed to park in the car pool bays.

Savings from Car pooling

  • Sharing the cost of petrol to get to and from campus
  • Reducing wear and tear on your car by alternating the car you use to get to campus with your fellow Car pooler
  • Environmental savings include reducing petrol consumption, green house gas emissions while reducing car congestion on local roads and on campus.

Priority Placed Parks

There are Car pool bays identified by signage and red line marking located in car parks 1, 4, 5, 9 and 13. You need to display two permits to be able to park in these bays.

Permit combinations

If you can not commit to purchasing a car pool permit but can share a ride with someone occasionally, you can park in the car pool bays by combining the following permits:

  • One car pool permit and one general permit
  • Two general permits
  • A general or car pool permit combined with a day ticket

Finding a Car pool Partner

This year the Green Transport office has initiated an Online Car pool Matching System. Simply log on using your FAN (Flinders Authentication Name) and password to view possible matches available or to enter your details so that other people can see if they can match up with you.

For security reasons, when you enter your details, your email, suburb and first name are the only personal details available for other people to view.

Please enter in the days and times that you need to come to and leave from campus as this will help to refine your search. You can update these details at any time to enable more suitable matches.

Tips for finding a match

When you have identified someone on the matching system that is suited to your suburb and timetable, send them an email stating who you are and asking if they can meet you.

For your personal security it is recommended that you first meet in a public place, preferably on campus.

When making arrangements for the car pool, make sure you discuss things such as:

  • Whose car you will be using
  • How you will split the cost of petrol
  • Any other commitments that you have on certain days i.e. work, child care etc
  • How compatible your timetables are and how often you are able to car pool
  • What you will do for the days you are unable to car pool, i.e. have another partner, catch the bus etc.
  • Contingency plan for if you are unable to make the car pool i.e. agree that if you will be late or sick etc that you will give notice as soon as possible so that the other person can make alternate travel arrangements
  • Talk about whether it is feasible to purchase two car pool permits together and what other options could work better
  • Discuss what the protocol is for giving additional people a ride to uni every now and then

If you and your car pool match would like additional advice or support for this first meeting, you can ask the Green Transport Officer for assistance, which includes them facilitating the meeting.

.... and keeping the match

  • Be sure to contact the car pool person you are meant to pick up or get a ride from as soon as possible if you are running late or can not make it to the meeting point or to uni that day.
  • Follow through with the agreement you have made with your partner from the start i.e. if you agree to arrive ten minutes before lectures start, make sure that you do!
  • Be honest and communicate how the car pool is going for you in a way that is not confrontational
  • Have a professional approach to your car pooling. Don't treat it as an opportunity to tell someone all of your problems or get into heated and uncomfortable debates etc
  • Contact the Green Transport Officer if you need assistance with making the car pool work better.