Idaho encourages ridesharing as a conservation measure and has enacted a number of laws that provide incentives to encourage ridesharing among employees.
Idaho participates in the RideshareOnline.com program, a resource for commuting options in the Northwest, as a means to sustain the quality of living in the region. The program offers tools for employers to implement effective commute reduction programs and incentivise programs for employees. For more information, go to RideshareOnline.com
or call 800-527-7985.
There is additional information and a comprehensive discussion of ridesharing and commuting in general.
Idaho law defines a “ridesharing” arrangement as the nonprofit transportation of people between their residences (or a nearby meeting place) and their places of employment, in a single daily round trip. The driver must also be on his or her way to work. Ridesharing must take place in a passenger motor vehicle with a seating capacity not exceeding 15 people, including the driver, that is not otherwise used for commercial purposes or as a public conveyance. The driver, owner, or lessee may be compensated for operating and maintaining the vehicle. (ID Code Sec. 49-119).
Ridesharing is exempted from a number of state laws that regulate motor vehicles Sec. 49-2431et seq.). No household may operate more than one vehicle of 7 to 15 persons in a ridesharing (vanpool) arrangement at one time for the following exemptions to apply:
• Regulation of motor carriers
• Insurance regulation that apply specifically to motor carriers and commercial vehicles
• Laws imposing a greater standard of care on motor carriers or commercial vehicles than that imposed on other ...