History

Since 1975, Taxistop offers initiatives to do more with less: a history marked by many milestones.

1975

Creation

Creation of the vzw CPA (center for positive appliance), today Taxistop vzw. This vzw operates in Flanders.

1975

Start of secure hitck-hiking

Start of secure hitck-hiking. The hitch-hikers belong to the Taxistop community and receive signs to identify themselves on public roads. They pay their driver 1 Belgian frank per kilometer. After a while, stops are put in place where passengers can wait for a potential driver.

1979

Launch of carpooling

Launch of carpooling. Unlike hitch-hiking, driver and passenger get in touch before the trip to arrange place and time of the agreement. The matching is made trough a database on paper. In ‘82 Taxistop will develop an IT system to do the matching. In ‘98, with the boom of the internet, carpool.be is directly accessible on your own computer.

1980

Establishment of vzw Taxistop Francophone

Establishment of vzw Taxistop Francophone, today Taxistop asbl. The vzw operates in Brussels and Wallonia.

1982

The LMS is launched

The LMS is launched. This service makes it possible for ‘less mobile’ persons to move around through a network of voluntary drivers. The central is locally managed, usualy by the communes.

1983

Schoolpool is born

A first version is developed for a test in 150 schools in Ghent. In 2011 the Schoolpool project is updated for the action «Printemps de la mobilité» in Wallonia.

1985

Launch of Airstop

Launch of Airstop with the objective to fill empty seats on airplanes last minute. In 1988 Airstop becomes independent.

1986

Homelink

Start of a partnership with the network Homelink for the organization of the exchange of houses at an international level.

1989

Bed&Breakfast guide Benelux

Creation, as a pionneer, of the first Bed&Breakfast guide for the Benelux.

1991

Holidaysitting

Holidaysitting is created. Vacationers are put in contact with voluntary gardiens who take care of their home while they are on holiday. The gardien can also enjoy a holiday with less costs.

1992

Traject, a research office for mobility

In cooperation with vzw Langzaam Verkeer and the Dutch association TG&O, Taxistop creates the association Traject, a research office for mobility.

1999

Airportstop

Development of Airportstop, for carpooling to the airport of Zaventem.

2000

Eventpool

Launch of the carpool tool to events, Eventpool. This instrument will be updated and extended to a mobile version in 2012.

2000

Cambio

In a partnership with Cambio Mobilitätsservice gmbh (Duitsland), Taxistop creates the NV Optimobil, futur Optimobil Belgium, with VAB and NMBS as shareholder. Optimobil develops carsharing in Belgium under the commercial name ‘cambio’.

2002

Cambio Wallonia

The first shared cars arrive in Wallonia. Namen is the pionneering city. Establichment of the company Optimobil Wallonia, with TEC as shareholder, for the development of cambio in Wallonia.

2003

Cambio Brussels

Establishment of the company Optimobil Bruxelles, with STIB as shareholder, for the development of cambio in Brussels.

2004

Cambio Flanders

Establishment of the company Optimobil Vlaanderen, with De Lijn as shareholder, for the development of cambio in Flanders.

2011

First ShareFest

First ShareFest in cooperation with Autopia vzw in Ghent.

2012

First mobile sites

First mobile sites of Taxistop for carpooling to events: m.eventpool.be, and for long distances : m.eurostop.be

2012

Autopia

Taxistop incorporates Autopia as service in the vzw in Wallonia to develop carsharing amongst private individuals.

2014

First Apps

Launch of the carpool app for Android and iOs