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Have You Implemented Your Green Travel Plan?

Published: 05/03/2018

What is a GTP?

Sometimes called travel demand management plans, GTPs started in America more than a decade ago. They are management plans that combine transport with other business issues to create a co-ordinated strategy. Good practices like pollution control and waste prevention that began as environmental causes are now accepted as ways to increase competitiveness. Addressing all transport issues within an organisation, GTPs cover staff travelling to work and on business, customers visiting premises and fleet management. They aim to reduce the impact of travel on the environment but, by using transport more efficiently, can also save money and make life easier for employees.

There is scope for great improvements in business travel, from encouraging use of public transport or running greener fleets. Simple measures include more fuel-efficient vehicles and a carefully structured expenses system that makes public transport more appealing.

Parking Problems

All drivers know how parking problems have steadily increased, to the point where many find it difficult to leave their vehicle anywhere near their workplaces. This is a major headache for organisations, which have to cover the high costs of providing, maintaining, operating and enlarging car parks. These costs all have to be taken into account in the cost of employing staff.

Sites that can only be reached by private transport may find it more difficult to recruit staff. Introducing a GTP, with a car share scheme or improved bus, rail, cycle or pedestrian links, has helped tackle labour shortages for organisations from the aerospace industry to Manchester Airport.

Corporate Image

Most people are concerned about the environment. Even more are worried about the effect of pollution on public health. With increased public awareness, people are no longer fooled by content-free green-labelling. You need a solid statement explaining real actions taken by your organisation to improve its environmental performance. A responsible corporate image is an important aspect of modern business.

Conclusion

TPS supports any initiative that encourage organisations to consider their use of transport and enable their employees to change their travel patterns. GTPs are presented by business for business, increasing their credibility with those who have yet to be convinced of the importance of environmental concerns. They deliver other key benefits so that they make sense even to those who will never be convinced of the importance of environmental concerns. Our Permit Management System was initially created to work with the needs of the Education and Healthcare sector green initiatives. 

Although it is important for us all to consider the effects of our choices on the environment as individuals, organisations are in an even stronger position to make a difference. This is why in addition to providing GTP Consultancy Services, we offer Permit Management  software and automated applications modules as stand alone, or integrated as part of your management strategy. We are able to supply:

  • Full GTP consulatacy services
  • Client branded online permit applications and payments systems
  • Variable permit types and approvals
  • Emission, salary band, post code or car-share based charges
  • Unique and powerful form builder to make each permit bespoke
  • API vehicles verification checks
  • API address checks
  • API public transport checks
  • Online automated immediate permit decisions
  • Declined applications appeals system

We tailor the solution to suit each individual user-group

Contact us on 01536 680107 or [email protected] to discuss your requirements.

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