Business travel by rail Alex Veitch NBTN Conference 11th December 2008
Contents • Rail and business travel • Planning a journey • Tips for finding cheap tickets • Rail’s big advantage: Productive travel time
More reliable journeys • Around 90% of trains now arrive on time • Real time information on NRES
Business travel is a key part of the rail market • Business and leisure trips are spread throughout the day and are most prevalent at the times between the commuter peaks.
How can we increase business travel by rail? • Convince business travellers that rail can get them where they need to go for a competitive price. • We have one big advantage over the car, which is the ability to work while travelling.
Planning a journey • Use www.nationalrail.co.uk to plan your journey
Getting from the station • NRES “Stations” page • http://nationalrail.co.uk/stations_destinations • Taxi information • Bus maps • Travel directions
Station Travel Plans • Proposal in Railways White Paper 2007 • ATOC set up a Steering Group which selected 31 stations • Pilots led by local groups: LA, TOC, passengers, others • Surveys at each station; pilots now drafting plans • More information at www.stationtravelplans.com STP launch event at Derby station
Tips for finding cheaper tickets • Book early if you can • Cheapest tickets are off-peak and restricted • Look online and shop around • Online retailers • TOC websites • National Rail Enquiries – best fares and links to all retailers
Rail’s big advantage…use of travel time • Business travel has widely been seen as a cost to employers and hence to the economy. • Many or most people who travel for business by train will be information or knowledge workers. • Do they switch off until their destinations are reached? Most would readily argue the answer is ‘no’.
UWE Research • Survey of 26,221 rail passengers in Great Britain in 2006. • Approximately a third of business travellers said the activity they spent most time on during the journey was working/studying. • This compares to about a quarter who spent most time reading for leisure. • Over 1 in 10 business travellers spent most time window gazing/people watching.
An office on the move? • 86% of rail business travellers said that there was some work that could easily be undertaken on the train. • IT and communications - in 2006, nearly 80% had a mobile phone, 20% had a laptop computer and over 10% had a PDA/handheld computer. • It is not just a paperless office – nearly 85% had a newspaper with them and over half had paperwork to hand.
Conclusion • Time spent travelling by rail travel should not be assumed to be unproductive. • Employers and employees should ensure the best mode of travel is chosen to facilitate the best use of travel time. • “The rules of the game are changed – it is no longer just about the quickest, cheapest or most convenient option but about the one which also provides the best environment for productivity.” • Professor Glenn Lyons, UWE
Thanks for listening! Contact information Email: Alex.Veitch@atoc.org Tel: 020 7841 8052
BVRLA Presentation to:NBTN Members’ Conference Thursday, 11 December 2008 Jay Parmar, Head of Legal Services British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association SRA Executive - 12 February 2004
About the BVRLA “To promote the right of all to enjoy cost effective road transport that is operated in a socially responsible way.” • Established 1967 • Supports three key sectors • car and van contract hire • car and van rental • commercial vehicle contract hire and rental • 684 Members • smallest member with seven vehicles • largest member with 369,000 vehicles • 14 Staff 20
Research carried out by DfT shows that 70% of UK employees travel to work by car whilst only 30% use bike, bus, rail or walk to work Within London, however, this increases to 61% using bike, bus, rail or walking RAC Foundation research found that cutting fares by injecting £1billion in subsidies to bus or rail travel would only reduce car travel (driver and passenger) by less than half a percent Is public transport a viable alternative?
What’s the environmental impact? Is it insured for business use? Is the car safe? e.g. does the car have a valid MOT…. Is it the most cost effective choice….? I can use my own car if I need to Source Office of Government Commerce
Average CO2 emissions have reduced from 171.8 g/km in 2003 to 157.4 g/km in 2007 across our Members’ car fleet. Business cars are being driven 6.3 billion less miles than they were in 2003. This equates to the average monthly household emissions of 363,500 homes Reducing the fleets carbon footprint Why has this happened? • Taxation • Corporate social responsibility • Journey planning • Fuel costs
Average CO2 emissions figures from company cars are estimated to be around 15g/km lower in 2004 as a result of the company car tax reform. 60% of company car drivers who were given a choice of car by their employers were influenced by the company car tax reform and chose cars with lower CO2 emissions figures. Success of tax regimes for company cars
Car ownership means paying for all servicing, maintenance, tyre replacement, tax, insurance, MOT and cleaning. In 2007, the RAC put the average cost of keeping a car on the road (excluding fuel) at £4330. Add to that an average four year old vehicle loses £22 per day in value…… Alternatives to car ownership Rental and Car Clubs • Reduce fuel consumption by as much as a third by driving a nearly new car in a more efficient way • One car club car takes at least 5-11 private cars off the road • Car club cars emit only 63% CO2 compared to those they replace • Car club members reduce their mileage by 53.6%
Thank you for listening. Jay ParmarHead of Legal Servicest: 01494 545706e: firstname.lastname@example.org SRA Executive - 12 February 2004
Issue • More than 150 vehicles driven on company business crash every day. • Every year there are 14,000 road deaths and serious injuries involving people driving for work.
The Business Case • Business loses £2.7 Billion every year in ‘at work’ road traffic accidents. • For every £1 of costs recovered through insurance, between £8 and £36 may be lost through uninsured costs.
Repair of vehicle New Vehicle Vehicle Damage Personal Injury Compensation Property Damage Recovery & Storage Legal Fees Compensation Inconvenience Damaged / Lost Stock Fines Management time Re-delivery Administration time Investigation Time Image/Reputation/PR Increased insurance premium Increased insurance excess Do you know your costs? What about the hidden costs? Diagram: LARSOA
The HSE and the DfT issued guidance for employers in September 2003 to help employers manage road risk
Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 • Allows the prosecution of the companyas well as the prosecution of individuals. • HSE ‘Driving at Work’ should be treated as a code of practice. • Focus on management failures.
Driving for Better Business • The DfBB programme is part of the Department for Transport’s ‘Driving for Work’ strategy. • Based on recommendations from the Motorists Forum on tackling work related road safety. • Members of network take an active interest in work related road safety and promote the business case for managing safety. • Messages are supported by the Think! road safety campaigns and link to parallel environmental initiatives – Act on CO2, NBTN
Aim To develop a network of employers and business champions nationwide, to promote good practice in order to catalyse a reduction in deaths and injuries caused by vans and cars used for business purposes.
Pilot Programme • Focus on vans and home delivery • Target by region and by industry • Test communications networks available • Develop website and branding • Worked with Local Authorities in Devon / Cambridgeshire • Began recruitment of national Champions • Developed a Steering Committee
Involvement • Driving for Better Business is now in its second year and is expanding its networks into the public, private and voluntary sectors. • Some of the employers in the network are selected to act as Business Champions – sharing their best practice case studies with their peers in industry. • We have a Steering Committee of over 30 experts, numerous partners and a network of over 10,000 supporters.
Champions What is a Business Champion? Organisations and individuals who: • Demonstrate best practice in WRRS • Can prove robust in-house policies / procedures • Have influence over a wide network of businesses / drivers • Have a strong business case • Are prepared to share their case studies and tell others of their experiences
Message Effective WRRS policies benefit business. Safer business travel makes for more efficiency; leads to greater profits and demonstrates a business’ investment in its staff, their safety and welfare.
Reducing Business MileageNigel UnderdownHead of Transport AdviceEnergy Saving Trust
Business Mileage • How much? • How much is OK? • Initiatives for company car drivers • Initiatives for grey fleet
How far? • 32bn miles • £13bn +
How much? • 32bn m @40p = £13bn • 32bn m @40 mph = £24bn • Total cost £37bn
Company car policies • Eligibility based on miles driven • Over generous mileage rates • Sales targets – face to face meetings • Poorly designed territories
Grey fleet policies • Essential user allowances • 40 ppm • “A day out” syndrome