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Business travel carries costs; for example the cost of vehicles and parking, and also the cost of the time taken. Travelling less or changing how you travel can cut direct costs and increase productivity.

Why change how you travel?

Changing the way you travel or travelling less can:

  • reduce travel-related costs

  • reduce fleet costs – fewer vehicles and lower maintenance costs through reduced wear and tear

  • reduce land costs through less need for parking facilities

  • increase staff productivity – staff can continue working while using public transport.

This also contributes to:

  • reduced congestion

  • reduced harmful emissions into the environment, such as greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change

  • improved quality of the environment, especially in towns and cities with reduced traffic, noise and pollutants.

What you and your organisation can do

Looking at the whole range of your organisation’s business travel will provide you with the biggest potential for cost savings. The NZ Transport Agency’s Business travel efficiency guidelines will help you to identify what could be improved, and how to do this.

Read the Business travel efficiency guidelines [PDF, 43 KB]

Travel alternatives

Here are a few practical ideas for introducing travel alternatives in your workplace straight away:

Fuel-efficient driving

You can reduce costs by providing staff training in more fuel-efficient driving.

To find driver training courses:

Fuel-efficient vehicles

Keeping your vehicle fleet well maintained will also help ensure your vehicles are fuel efficient. Check vehicle performance using the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority fleet audit:

Find out more about vehicle features that affect the environment

Making good vehicle purchasing decisions

When replacing vehicles in your fleet, check the Rightcar(external link) website to find out which vehicles are the most fuel efficient before you make your next purchase.

Want help with making your business travel more efficient?

Email us at workplacetravelplans@nzta.govt.nz if you’d like advice on workplace travel plans or business travel efficiency.