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23 Jun 2009 09:06:10

Car-sharing could benefit businesses financially



Car-sharing could benefit businesses financially
Businesses which encourage employees to car-share on their commute to work could experience financial benefits as well as helping the environment.

This is according to the UK Department for Transport, which also said that companies who discourage single-occupancy car use can profit from increased productivity amongst their workforce.

The UK government is actively targeting businesses in relation to car use, with 37 percent of all car miles related to business travel and commuting. Some 85 percent of these journeys involve just a driver.

Employee Laura Vesty, who has taken part in a Warwickshire County Council car sharing scheme for 4 years, said that her quality of life had been improved after lift-sharing her 12 miles to work.

"What I really like is that when you are stuck in traffic or someone is driving like an idiot you can just turn to the person next to you and say - 'they're driving like an idiot' - it takes the stress out of it," she commented.

According to National CarShare, commuting car journeys could be cut by one-fifth if everyone who drives to work car-shares with a colleague just once every week.

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