In the last couple of years there has been a massive boom in the number of drivers sharing lifts to work across Scotland, according to figures obtained by the Sunday Herald.
Since September 2008, the number of people who have signed up to one of Scotland’s online “liftshare” networks has increased by 50% from 16,200 to 24,300. There has been a similar rise throughout the UK, with numbers leaping from 270,000 two years ago to nearly 400,000 now.
And the boom is set to continue, with the celebration of the UK’s first ‘liftshare week’ from Monday, designed to recruit more drivers and sharers. Organisers are distributing wild-west-style “wanted” posters urging people not to be “a lone ranger”.