The IT community is urging the government to consider telecommuting as an alternative to the proposed taxes on workplace car parking, offered in last week's Transport White Paper.
Overall commuting traffic in the UK accounts for 78.5 billion miles of car travel on the roads. Out of this, 44 billion miles of travel is business-related. "There is a will to telework, the government just needs to support it," said Aled Miles, marketing manager for Symantec, a member of the remote working consortium.
Market research specialist, Cui Bono, identified that 50% of employees want to telework despite 76% of UK organisations having no teleworking policy. "There is a will to telework, the Government just needs to support it," said Miles who believes there is a lack of understanding of the technology involved in remote working. He suggested that the Government should consult with IT companies and offer incentives to businesses to adopt new teleworking strategies.
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