Recently, Singapore ride-sharing app Ryde has introduced a school taxiing service called RydeSchool, looking to help parent drivers cut costs through carpooling, and give them an alternative to the school bus, which typically requires kids to leave home as early as 5.45am. In other words, this new service is a saving grace for busy working parents, for they no longer need to deal with the bus’ early call time.
Launched three weeks ago, RydeSchool matches parents who live in the same neighbourhood, and those with children going to the same school.
They can view each other’s profiles, chat, and also negotiate the suggested fee for the carpool.
Ryde iterates that this service is not to help drivers make a profit but to help them cut down on costs such as petrol expenses.
In fact, its fees are similar to Ryde’s other carpooling services and are calculated based on distance.
According to The Straits Times, a 15km journey from Sengkang to Singapore Chinese Girls’ School in Dunearn Road will cost about $11. This works out to about $220 a month for a one-way trip.
This is pricier than a one-way journey on an 11-seater school bus, which apparently costs only $150 a month.
However, the “point-to-point” nature of carpooling means that children can leave home later and get more sleep.
In a way, parents need to fork out a wee bit more cash to trade off for this convenience.
So far, about 40,000 drivers have signed up for the Ryde service.
Unlike Schoolber, which did not have enough parent drivers to meet the carpool requests, Ryde’s founder and CEO Terence Zou, said that he is confident that there will be sufficient parent drivers on its platform.
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