Research highlights continuing popularity of cars for business

Car travel is the number one choice for business journeys, according to a survey from the RAC Foundation and British Chambers of Commerce.

The survey report argues that much existing business travel is necessary and anti-car policies would damage economic prosperity.

RAC Foundation research development manager Elizabeth Dainton said local government targets for reducing car journeys are centred on the commute to and from work. "We want national government to put more emphasis on travel during the day, which is usually left out of plans," she said.

The survey revealed that 70 per cent of businesses said public transport is not fit for their use. The report calls for operators to develop more appropriate services. Trains are suitable for long journeys but better integration with bus services is required, it suggests.

"Local and national government needs to show flexibility in supporting green business travel pioneers instead of taking the rigid view that public transport is the solution for all travel needs," it concludes.

- Business Travel is available at PlanningResource.co.uk/doc.


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