For two or three years now, the issue of travel by car It has spread exponentially throughout our country. The crisis and greater ecological awareness - more first than the second, I would say - have been the main factors that have allowed the development of this way of moving, in a cheaper way for all, on our roads.
I I started using it almost two years ago and I keep doing it today. However, the largest platform in Spain for shared car trips (by number of users), the French BlaBlaCar, has started to get a bigger slice of his wide fame in his Iberian neighbor.
The issue of what would be the origin of the benefits of BlaBlaCar was discussed in more than one of the trips I made using the service. They don't have advertising on the web, they didn't charge drivers and passengers anything ... Well, that's over.
It was announced by its leaders before the implementation of the “Handling fees“ (to which VAT is applied). The rumor spread among the same clients of the page, that we heard the thunder but we didn't know where the storm would come from. Most said they would charge one euro per passenger and nothing to the driver. Big mistake.
Today I made a new purchase (With these charges I go on to call it “purchase“) On the BlaBlaCar page and the“Handling fees”For a trip of 33 euros they are nothing more and nothing less than 4.99 euros. This supposes a charge of just over 13%. I think it's an abuse, taking into account that it is about contacting two people to exchange services that are not a product of the page.
The pity is that it is still the most used car sharing platform in Spain. For years they have worked better fame - supported by a greater investment in marketing - and left behind their competitors. But alternatives, like meigas, have them, hailas.
Two other websites that have the same operation and are free (for the moment) are Amovens and Carpooling.