Business travel – it’s all about the money
Published 11:30, 17 March 09
You’ve two ways to travel to a business meeting. By train for six hours, or by plane for two hours (including airport time).
How much is the cost of the trip a factor in your decision making process? Parliament's Environmental Audit Committee seems to think that it is all about the money.
It wants us to pay a lot more, and that extra cash will be collected by the Government.
It is asking the government for the introduction of fuel duty and VAT on domestic flights, with the aim of making people switch to rail.
This request is tucked inside a report containing a number of different measures the Committee is asking for. But this particular measure is one that has a good chance of succeeding: familiar – introducing a new tax has been done numerous times before – and easy to implement.
Time to dust off the video conferencing suite.