As part of a policy to improve its environmental impact, The Harpur Trust encourages pupils and parents to choose eco-friendly ways to travel to and from school.
Car Sharing is a convenient way to cut carbon emissions on the school run and can also reduce congestion and save valuable time and stress at the beginning and end of the day.
All of The Harpur Trust schools have signed up to a new web-based scheme called School Car Share. Designed to help parents make arrangements to share journeys, the online resource can only be used by people who have been authenticated and approved by their child’s school.
Registration is completely free and entirely without obligation.
With a recent study showing that 77% of parents find the school run more stressful than grocery shopping and work, there’s never been a better time to share the burden of the school run.
To register or to log-in to the School Care Share website, click here.
Below are some frequently asked questions that you may find informative or useful
What is car sharing?
Car sharing is when two or more people decide to travel to or from school together in one car rather than separately. It does not exclude people who would normally travel as a passenger on other transport, but is really aimed at getting vehicles off the roads by enabling people who normally drive separately to share a vehicle.
How does car sharing work?
Once you have completed the registration form on the School Car Share website, the school will be contacted and asked to verify your details. As soon as you have been confirmed as a parent you’ll be able to start using the interactive map which will show you other registered parents from across The Harpur Trust schools.
Why should I consider car sharing?
Below are some of the many reasons:
- Reduce congestion and save valuable time at the beginning and end of the day.
- Reduce fuel costs and parking charges by sharing the day-to-day expenses.
- Reduce the mileage and every day wear and tear on your vehicle.
- Reduce traffic pollution and help contain the increasing pressure on the local community and environment, especially at the school gates.
Do I have to share every day?
No. The days you want to lift share should be arranged between you and your lift share privately.
What happens if I am sick?
If you are involved in a car share and are unable to make the journey it is your responsibility to let the other user know as soon as possible so that they can make alternative arrangements. The school is unable to make these arrangements or to notify your lift share on your behalf.
What about insurance?
You must be fully insured and it is advisable to inform your insurance company that you are registered in a car share scheme. This should not incur additional costs. Most insurance policies cover you to carry passengers.
Do I need to provide child seats?
If your child is required by law to use a child seat, you will need to make arrangements with the other car share user to ensure that they are able to access a child seat. It is important that you are happy that your child is properly restrained in any vehicle. These measures must be activated by parents/carers as part of their private arrangement.
What happens if after trying the car share scheme I find that car sharing doesn't suit me?
If you find that car sharing does not suit you, you can stop at any time.
Who do I contact if I have problems with the School Car Share system?
Any questions related to the School Car Share website should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
School Car Share is not owned, operated or maintained by The Harpur Trust or any of its schools (Bedford School, Bedford Girls’ School, Bedford High School for Girls, Bedford Modern School or Pilgrims Preparatory School). The Harpur Trust is therefore not responsible for the site’s content or how the site may be developed in the future. Parents are using the services of School Car Share not The Harpur Trust.