Legal and Regulatory Status

Another key distinction of dynamic ride sharing is that payments would be made by passengers, to drivers toward the cost of the ride (see Incentives). For the most part, static and casual ride sharing do not include these payments. In some instances riders agree to take turns to drive, or purchase fuel. In other cases credits are accumulated.

A concern exists that by paying for a service, it might be considered a contract which attracts tax liabilities. Considerable regulations exist in most markets to control the issuing electronic money. Central or federal banks will expect the practice to be regulated. Similarly, taxi and bus regulations control the schedule and ad-hoc provision of transport services.

Inhibitor: the legislative and regulatory status of dynamic ride sharing is unclear. While regulations for one or other local territory might allow dynamic ride sharing, the lack of consistency inhibits the widespread adoption.