FOI Request - Sustainable Transport

Request 101000162117

Firstly, we are interested in Public Bodies’ implementation of Workplace Travel Plans:

1) Please provide a copy of your current Workplace Travel Plan or in the absence of a Travel Plan copies of any documentation regarding any discussions or decisions on this issue.

2) If you have a Workplace Travel Plan please provide a copy of your procedures for monitoring, reviewing and auditing this Plan.

As an environmental interest group we are interested in Public Bodies’ policies on the promotion of public transport, walking, cycling and car-sharing:

3) Please provide a copy of your policy on the promotion of public transport use for business and commuting purposes or copies of any documentation regarding any discussions or decisions on this issue.

4) Please provide details of any financial or other incentives your organisation provides to encourage the use of public transport, walking, cycling and car-sharing.

We are interested in Public Bodies’ fleet vehicles:

5) Please provide the number of vehicles your organisation owns and/or leases in each of the Vehicle Excise Duty classes A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L and M.

6) Please provide the number of vehicles your organisation has purchased and/or leased in each of the Vehicle Excise Duty classes A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L and M from January 2011 to date and the cost of purchasing/leasing these vehicles.
 
We are interested in Public Bodies’ policies on the use of vehicles for business travel purposes:

7) Do you have essential and/or casual car user allowances, and if so, what are the criteria for granting an essential car user allowance and how many staff have this allowance as part of their terms and conditions?

8) What mileage rate do you pay for the use of private cars on organisational business and how many staff have this allowance as part of their terms and conditions of employment?

9) What mileage rate do you pay for the use of bicycles on organisational business?

We are interested in Public Bodies’ policies on encouraging the use of rail rather than air for long distance domestic travel:

10) Please provide copies of any corporate policy your organisation has on the reduction of the use of air travel for business travel purposes.

11) Please provide details of the number of flights your staff have taken from Edinburgh & Glasgow Airports to London Airports for business purposes in the past 12 months for travel to destinations within south-east England?

12) Please provide details of the number of rail journeys your staff have taken from Edinburgh & Glasgow railway stations to London railway stations for business purposes in the past 12 months for travel to destinations within south-east England?

Response 15-07-2013

1) Please find attached workplace travel plans

Attachment 1 (PDF) 

Attachment 2 (PDF) 

Attachment 3 (PDF) 

Attachment 4 (PDF) 

2) The Moray Council will undertake a bi-annual review of travel to work patterns.

3) The Moray Public Transport Policy can be found here.

 Public Transport use is promoted in the Council's Local Transport Strategy (LTS) on this page of the Council's website.

4) The health, financial and environmental benefits of walking have been promoted through participation in national Walk to Work Week.  The Moray Council has also participated in the Cycle to Work Scheme making the cost of purchasing a bicycle greatly reduced for staff.  The council promotes the financial and environmental benefits of car sharing through the promotion of the regional car sharing scheme.

5) 63 class A, 11 class B and 1 class I, all other classes are nil.

6) 43 class A, costing £375,167 and 11 class B, costing £97,185, all other classes are nil.

7) Moray Council employees will no longer received Essential Car User Allowance with effect from 1 July 2013.  This is being removed as part of the budget savings identified for 2013/14.

8) The Moray Council has a well established practice of using hire cars, or public transport, for journeys outwith Moray and pool cars are available to many Council staff undertaking journeys within Moray.  Current recipients of the Essential Car User Allowance will be reimbursed for business mileage income thereafter in their own vehicles on the basis of the Inland Revenue Scheme i.e. 45p per mile.

9) 20p per mile.

10) This information is not held and is therefore exempt under Section 17 (1b) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

11) Information can be found here. (PDF)

12) Information can be found here. (PDF)

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