Our Travel Plan is underpinned by the ethos that the greenest mile is the mile not travelled and we will follow the travel hierarchy set out below:
no travel – business travel should only be undertaken when it is absolutely essential. Communication technologies such as audio or video conferencing can often deliver the same outcome and save the time which would otherwise have been spent travelling
walking – a healthy form of transport, viable for journeys, or parts of journeys, up to 2km
cycling – a healthy and reliable form of travel for journeys of up to 5km
bus, rail, and other modes of public transport – for essential medium to long journeys, rail travel is the best option, while buses are good for local journeys. Taxis can be used for intra-city business journeys if travel by bus, walking or cycling is not viable
car travel – a car is necessary for some journeys and a hire car will be the first choice. We promote the use of hire cars over employees’ own vehicles as there are likely cost and carbon savings, and reduced health and safety risks. TS hire cars can be delivered to employees’ homes, offices or rail stations. This means that staff can combine a rail trip with a hire car travel to reach their destination and therefore maximise productive travel time and reduce emissions
private car – only when a hire car is not viable. As with hire cars, staff should share with other colleagues whenever possible
Our undercover agent who operates from a position embedded deep within the Aberdeen cycling "activist community" captured this video. It shows driver of Aberdeen Car Vauxhall Corsa Hatch "Special" (oooh!) EDS 1.3 CDTi reg. SV10VXX establishing and reinforcing the correct hierarchy; the "facts on the ground":
Cars before bikes! Under any and all circumstances!
Travel plans from government agencies should be updated accordingly in order to correspond with reality.