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Taxistop was founded in 1975 and is a Belgian social profit organisation offering a lot of (mobility) services to a broad public. Since the very first years, carpooling and the development of carpool-matching software has been Taxistop’s “core business”. In 2002, Taxistop launched the first car-sharing service in Belgium in a unique partnership with all public transport operators. Other mobility services are Eurostop, Eventpool, Campuspool, Airportstop, Social transport for less mobile people and peer-to-peer car-sharing activities.
Besides operating shared mobility, Taxistop is also the main reference point for shared mobility for local media and political parties. Taxistop writes memoranda on shared mobility for every election and is member of the Flemish Advisory Board for Transport. Taxistop is also member of the Seamless Mobility Committee of the UITP (International platform for Public Transport operators) and advises the European Council on Shared Mobility as part of the “Responding Together – Social Cohesion” project.
Another pillar of Taxistop is creating awareness for sustainable mobility. The main campaign for Taxistop is the yearly Car Free Day, during the Mobility Week in September each year. The Car Free Day is a campaign to motivate employers to change their commuting behaviour, and for employers to kick-off structural mobility plans.
To create more knowledge and political awareness for shared mobility, Taxistop also leads by example by organising ShareFests. A ShareFest is an open-air festival for a broad audience, to demonstrate local and international initiatives of the Sharing Economy. During a ShareFest, different initiatives of shared mobility are brought in relation to a global trend: the rise of collaborative consumption, or shared economy. Taxistop will organise a ShareFest in July 2014 cooperation with the EESC (European Economic and Social Committee) in the shadow of the EU-Commission and Parliament.
2 main roles of Taxistop in Care-North+ is to:
- Create more understanding of the potential of shared mobility and to create a political framework for shared mobility; to maximise its impact on energy and space consumption and modal shift, and
- Create awareness for changing travel behaviour for daily commuting.