MONTREAL, June 4, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Under a partnership agreement
reached with ridesharing service Kangaride (AmigoExpress in French),
CAA-Quebec members can enjoy an initial year-long subscription to the
service at no charge.
Kangaride specializes in inter-city ridesharing all over Canada,
allowing members to reduce the cost of their occasional travel. For a
trip from Montreal to Toronto or from Quebec City to Gatineau, for
example, a driver can offer seats in his or her vehicle to passengers
who share the cost of fuel. It's a win-win formula for everyone.
"The majority of our drivers are aged between 25 and 29, and we want to
expand our customer base," explains Marc-Olivier Vachon, President of
Kangaride, adding: "With more than a million members, CAA-Quebec
represents a community of reliable, experienced drivers that we want to
attract, not only through this exclusive offer, but also by persuading
them of the advantages of ridesharing. There's the excitement of
meeting new people plus the benefits to the environment, and the
financial advantage alone is a great incentive to try this method of
travelling. Who wouldn't want to have someone help pay for their gas
when they travel long distance?"
Sophie Gagnon, CAA-Quebec's Assistant Vice President, Public and
Government Relations, enthusiastically welcomes the new partnership,
noting: "Ridesharing is a way to save substantial amounts of money as
well as to make a tangible gesture in support of the environment. With
Kangaride, we are convinced our members will benefit from a service
that is professional and safe."
Ms. Gagnon adds that CAA-Quebec seizes all possible opportunities to
urge drivers to favour different modes of transportation when they can:
"It's important for people to be able to choose the method of
transportation that's most suitable for them. The key to addressing the
mobility issue in Quebec is to have a wide array of options available,
and ridesharing is one of them."
The free annual membership offer for both drivers and passengers can be
redeemed online at www.kangaride.com/caa, and is available worldwide to anyone who is a member of an affiliate
club of the CAA (Canadian Automobile Association), AAA (American
Automobile Association) or ARC Europe (the leading European auto
clubs). Under the agreement, passengers and drivers are also entitled
to a 50% discount when renewing their membership.
A made-in-Quebec success story
After seven successful years in Quebec, Kangaride/AmigoExpress recently
expanded its ridesharing service offering to all of Canada. Every week,
more than 21,000 seats—the equivalent of 500 buses—are made available
to inter-city travellers across the country, from Halifax to Vancouver.
This exceptional service, which represents a revolution in inter-city
transportation, is made possible thanks to Kangaride's 30 employees,
its reliable online and telephone booking service, and a customer
service centre that is open seven days a week. Kangaride also pays
special attention to passenger safety, among other things by verifying
the validity of drivers' licences through the relevant authorities in
Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia.
"The system was designed so that passengers and drivers can book easily,
with confidence, and with the assurance that the ride will be offered
at the quoted price, without need for negotiation, at a set departure
time and pick-up location," Mr. Vachon adds. Ridesharing is thus coming
back into its own as a co-operative, enjoyable, economical and safe way
of getting around.
In 2012, the Kangaride community covered 107 million kilometres, equal
to 2,666 trips around the Earth. Compared to solo car travel, the
Kangaride ridesharing service helped save 4.6 million litres of gas and
reduced CO2 emissions by 13,000 tonnes. Kangaride currently has more than 160,000
CAA-Quebec, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1904, provides
automotive, travel, residential and financial services and privileges
to its 1,220,000 members.
For further information:
1 866 357-8492
Public Relations Officer
514 861-7111, ext. 3210
Cell.: 514 717-4040
418 624-2424, ext. 2418
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