Local government backs new app connecting drivers who have spare seats with workers
Commuters in Brussels will be encouraged to hitchhike into work under a local government plan to reduce congestion on the city’s roads.
An app that connects drivers who have spare seats to those without a ride into the office is to be developed by the Brussels capital region government.
The practice of hitchhiking is often given the thumbs up in periods of crisis. It is thought to have first been taken up by US army recruits during the first world war, when they would need to travel vast distances to get home during breaks. The recruits would hike for a while before seeking to hitch a ride from the growing number of vehicles on the roads.