Car and Vanpooling


Carpooling is defined as two or more persons sharing their daily commute on a regular basis. It’s a simple way for individuals to reduce their emissions while saving money, reducing congestion and conserving energy along the way. About 15% of people traveling to and from UBC commute by carpool or vanpool.

Benefits of Carpooling

  • Cut costs
  • Save time
  • Meet new people
  • Alleviate stress
  • Reduce emissions
  • Ensure a healthier future

UBC’s Carpool Incentives

Currently, there are three primary incentives to help make it easier for you to carpool:

  1. Transferable Parking Passes: UBC Parking allows you to register multiple vehicles on one parking pass. That means you and your carpool buddies can take turns driving, but you only have to pay for one parking pass between you!
  2. Reserved Parking Spots: keep your eye open for the best parking spots in some of the parkades around campus. You’ll notice that some prime locations are reserved for HOV vehicles until 9:30am.
  3. Emergency Ride Home: helps you feel comfortable leaving your personal vehicle at home, knowing you will be reimbursed for a cab in the case of an urgent matter you have to attend to.


Jack Bell RideShare is a charitable non-profit organization that operates Canada’s largest formal vanpool program. It is also the only web-based ride-matching system servicing all commuters and locations in British Columbia.

Click on the photo above to link to a YouTube video.

You can ride-share with Jack Bell in two ways:

  • RideShare in the Jack Bell Vanpool Fleet
  • Ride in a Jack Bell fleet vehicle roundtrip from home-to-UBC by paying a monthly fare (which covers fuel, insurance, maintenance, etc.) based on kilometres travelled. This is ideal for commuters living in areas that are poorly served by transit and/or are travelling a long distance to UBC. To register in the Jack Bell vanpool program, go to the registration page.
  • RideShare (carpool) with other commuters
    Register in Jack Bell’s online ride-sharing database and get matched with other people who have a similar commute and schedule to your own – offer or find rides in 5 easy steps: 

    1 – Sign up at
    2 – Enter your trip information (home and destination address and schedule)
    3 – Search for matches
    4 – Send (or receive) suggestions to ride-share
    5 – Work out the details and start ride-sharing!

    The website displays matches on maps and e-mails you when you have ride-share suggestions or new matches.

You can find out more about the Jack Bell RideShare service at

UBC Classifieds

Now you can offer or ask for a ride online. Simply visit and login with your Campus-Wide Login (CWL) ID. Follow the directions below, and be on your way in no time:

  • Click on the “Classifieds” link, located in the navbar at the top of the page.
  • Click on “Post an Ad,” just below the navbar on the left.

  • Under “Rides” on the right hand side of the page, select either “Rides Offered” or “Rides Wanted.”
  • Fill out the online form – and you’re good to go!

Car Pool Etiquette

Establish a trial period
A few weeks is a good period of time for determining if all participants want to continue with the carpool.

Discuss personal preferences before the first day
What sort of music is allowed, if any? Is it okay to eat and drink in the car? How do carpool members feel about perfume and cologne? Agree to a set of rules and stick with them.

Determine drop-off and pick-up times
Establish rules about latecomers and decide how long the group will wait.

Decide if one person will drive or if carpool members will take turns
Who drives and how often? What will happen if the designated driver is ill that day or can’t make it? Think of a back-up plan.

Determine how costs will be split
If only one person is driving, the fare should include maintenance, fuel, and parking costs. Establish when fares will be collected.

Parking permits
Each carpool vehicle must obtain a regular valid parking permit for any parkade or surface lot on campus from UBC Parking Services. Transportation Planning suggests that carpoolers share the cost of the parking permit among all carpool members.

Check your insurance coverage
The vehicle owners who are taking part in a carpool might want to consider increasing their Third-Party Legal Liability coverage ( ).Talk to your insurance broker. He or she can discuss your coverage needs in more detail and help you decide what type of coverage is best for you.

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