Three have committed to introduce congestion charging. However, figures from the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions show that in 1999 the car beat equivalent journeys by train by three minutes and by bus by as much as 11 minutes. Jeremy Hay, managing director of PHH Vehicle Management, said: ' 'Is it any wonder that businesses cling to the company car as an essential business tool? We shouldn't be clogging up cities with unnecessary car journeys, but businesses need to be mobile.'
Research conducted among 1,000 PHH clients showed that the car was the most popular method of transport to and from work. Of those questioned, 64% travelled to work in a company car and 31% in their own vehicle. Only 3% chose public transport, while 2% travelled on foot.