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Will My Work Help With Transport Costs?

By: Sally Aquire - Updated: 3 Apr 2013 | comments*Discuss
 
Will My Work Help With Transport Costs?

If you are on a motoring budget, the cost of getting transport to and from work can soon add up over time. Some companies are now looking to introduce sustainable workplace travel plans to reduce their outgoings, and these can also help to lower your personal motoring costs too. This article discusses whether your work can help out with the cost of transport.

What Is a Sustainable Workplace Travel Plan?

A sustainable workplace travel plan is beneficial for many places of work as it can save time, improve efficiency and reduce costs for both employers and employees.

Sustainable workplace travel plans can include car pool and car sharing schemes, working from home more often to reduce the cost of getting transport to and from work, and using public transport instead of cars for commuting.

How Can a Sustainable Workplace Travel Plan Benefit You?

Encouraging your workplace to implement a sustainable workplace travel plan can have a positive effect on your motoring budget and overall motoring costs. For example, a company car pool scheme can help to reduce your overall motoring costs.

What Is Involved In a Sustainable Workplace Travel Plan?

Car pool schemes are one of the easiest ways to introduce a sustainable workplace travel plan, and they have several benefits for employees, including a reduction in motoring costs from not using your car so often, and less co2 emissions. See our article on “Setting up a Car Pool or Car Sharing Scheme” for more information on these benefits.

A work car pool scheme does not necessarily have to be set up by the company; you can set one up informally with your colleagues, or join a national car pool scheme such as National CarShare, which is designed to match up drivers and passengers according to where they are starting their journey from and where they are ultimately going.

Using public transport on a more regular basis can be another element to a sustainable workplace travel plan. By cutting cars out of the equation, it is a greener option for getting to work, and fuel costs are less as you are using your car less often. Your company can organise discount tickets for bus and train travel to make travelling on public transport less expensive, which obviously helps with transport costs.

If public transport is not a convenient option for getting to and from work due to bus routes, your company may even be able to consult with public transport operators to organise new routes or extend existing routes.

Although sustainable workplace travel plans are originally intended to benefit workplaces, they can also help with your personal transport costs. They stem from the idea that both time and money can be saved if businesses take more responsibility for employees getting to and from work, but they can also help to reduce the cost of transport to and from the workplace on a personal level. A sustainable workplace travel plan can include the creation of a company car pool or car sharing scheme and using public transport more often.

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