A FEW COMMENTS
(a) "I live 20 miles from work. This
takes 25-30 minutes averagely. By Public transport I would need
to start at 06.30 to arrive at 08.45 and that connection is not
guaranteed". [We note that the Government is already on record
as being worried about long working hours, given its support for
the EU Working Time Directive, about to come into force.]
(b) "Our Group employs 3,500 people
and we plan to grow that number. We have been encouraged to and
are located in rural areas and outside city limits where public
transport is non-existent or poor". [The IoD would also point
out that government and other public bodies have themselves been
relocated into rural areas or rural fringes in the past.]
(c) "We relocated to an out of town
business park to escape from congestion, lack of or expensive
parking and to reduce travel to work times. We . . . provided
sufficient parking for all staff at our cost, during construction.
Of our staff 75 per cent are high mileage drivers who depend on
their vehicle for business. Why should we be charged for providing
parking spaces, five miles out of the city centre?"
(d) "To attend a 10.00 AM meeting in
Worcester [from the Plymouth area]
"Depart Plymouth 00.20 hrs
"Arrive Worcester 07.41 hrs
" . . . return to Plymouth, . . . meeting
ends 15.30 hrs
"Arrive Plymouth 20.58 PM Total journey
time13 hrs 38 hrs
"By car, . . . in the region of 6 hrs".
(e) "I think this proposed tax is one
of the more silly ideas to come out of government in recent years.
It might work in inner-city offices (although it would make cities
a less desirable place to locate businesses), but it would be
totally impractical and thoroughly undesirable on the average
"In practise [sic], expanding the public
transport network by building, for example, new railways and airports
causes just as much opposition from the green lobby as building
(f) "As far as I know this is the first
time I have written to the Institute during my thirty year membership,
and do so now to ask the Institute to make strong representation
against the proposed `car space charge'."
"If you levy a charge on parking spaces
for our 100 employees it will cost us £15,000 per annum which
we cannot absorb, so we will have to pass it on to our employees.
" . . . Have you thought of disabled
workers who cannot easily use public transport?
" . . . Have you thought of the extra
congestion on an already congested rail system?"
(h) "Have the thinkers thought of .
. . Night shift workers who travel late and early when there is