Koalift: school run carpooling service
Koalift aims at easing parents of the daily routine of the school run by creating a community of trustworthy drivers around schools and sports centers.
Those two entities are at the source of the carpooling service, and they select parent-drivers themselves. The price stands at 300 euros per year, to be supported by the school.
With the start of the academic year lurking ever closer, some parents already apprehend the morning school run. To better use the number of cars coming up to schools, entities are pushing for children to carpool. Koalift aims at making that easier.
“We offer our services to schools and sports clubs to provide a mobility solution that inspires confidence to parents,” explains Camille De Bruyn, co-founder of Koalift. Like any other school carpooling service, the aim is to fill up the empty car seats, thus reducing the number of vehicles on the school run.
The difference with Koalift is that the initiative must come from the school. “Our partner schools and clubs have to take the initiative to create a community. Once parents are interested, they must register, and it’s the school’s directory that accepts their application or not. This prevents strangers or people outside the network from being on the platform,” adds the co-founder.
300 euros per year
The whole service works with an interactive map. Validated parent-drivers enter their route on it and their departure time. Then, parents and drivers can communicate through an online chat system.
The service will cost no more than 300 euros per year. Of course, for schools aiming to promote carpooling, it’s nothing. “For parents, there’s no usage fee. As of today, we have around 500 users. But we aim to convince 30% of every school parents and double the number of registrations this year,” ends Camille De Bruyn.