RTA, has launched the smart app ‘Sharekni’ enabling groups of riders to share vehicles travelling from, and to, their workplaces.
Through this app, individuals can register details of the car-sharing process where relevant permits can be issued electronically.
The app is currently available in Arabic and English, but will soon be available in Chinese, Tagalog and Urdu languages.
Through this service, the RTA is seeking to ease snarls in Dubai, especially during peak times, reduce the number of Single Occupancy Vehicles (SOVs), and slash the overall number of vehicles on streets.
Global benchmarking studies of carpooling systems indicate that the number of users usually range from 5-15 per cent of the total number of road users.
However, this rate goes to as high as 30 per cent in places where rewards and incentives are in place.
The service portal (www.sharekni.ae) has been upgraded, and the smart app has been carefully designed to make it friendly to all community segments.
For instance the newer version simplifies the registration process, enables communication with customers through text messages and e-mails, and allows all holders of driving licenses issued from various emirates of the UAE to sign-in, whereas the previous version was restricted to holders of driving licenses issued from Dubai only.
The new website enables surfers to search for vehicles using a number of variables to fine-tune the search and assist potential riders to achieve their targets.