Tired of ferrying your kids around? Make them pay for it.

Every parent jokes about being a taxi driver for their children, in fact, 66 percent of parents reportedly feel that way.

Well, Skoda has taken that idea a bit further by launching a smartphone app, which lets them charge their children for ferrying them around. The charge, of course, isn't a monetary one, but it does allow kids to pay back by doing chores.

The Skoda Parent Taxi app has been launched after the Czech manufacturer found that Britain’s parents drive approximately 1,648 additional miles a year driving their children around to things like friends’ houses and sports clubs. If those miles were to be charged at the same rate as a London taxi, it would cost the kids a mind-boggling £12,565.

Skoda Parent Taxi App

Average miles spent by parents driving their children to extracurricular activities in a year

Region

Miles travelled

1

Northern Ireland

2,142

2

London

1,789

3

South West

1,760

4

Scotland

1,759

5

South East

1,677

6

East Midland

1,654

7

Wales

1,635

8

East Anglia

1,550

9

North West

1,515

10

North East

1,481

11

Yorkshire and the Humber

1,425

12

West Midlands

1,399

 
The app is available to for free on iOS and Android and acts like a real taxi meter, by tracking car movements by GPS and charging children with cleaning the car, feeding the family pet, tidying their bedroom, and doing the washing up as opposed to a monetary fee.
Skoda Parent Taxi App
"This is the app I’ve been waiting for! It’s true that kids generally have a better social life than adults and as result that can mean a lot of car journeys each week," said 'mummy blogger' Jo Middleton. "Although I love encouraging them to get out and do more, I think it’s a great idea to swap miles for some help around the house in return."

Gallery: Skoda Parent Taxi App