Dutch companies offer public transport card instead of lease car
More and more larger Dutch companies offer a yearly subscription card (OV chip card) for public transport to all their employees instead of a lease car. VodafoneZiggo is the latest in the row.
VodafoneZiggo, a merger of the Dutch Vodafone (mobile communication) and Ziggo (internet, telephone and TV via cable) has moved its headquarters to the centre of the city of Utrecht (just near the railway station), and has decided to offer the whole personnel, some 7.500 people, a yearly subscription card (called OV business kaart) to public transport and it will cancel the lease of at least 500 cars.
The company thinks it can save at least 30-35 million car kilometres a year. Only employees who really need a car for their work will retain a company car, all others get the card. VodafoneZiggo stresses that this not a cost-reducing measure, it is meant to save CO2 and diminish traffic problems.
A growing number of bigger Dutch companies (42 as from today) have made themselves member of the coalition for travelling differently (Coalitie Anders Reizen), which tries to diminish the CO2 footprint from commuting and business travels. The aim is to have reduced it by half in 2030.
Among the companies already engaged we see well-known firms like Alliander, ABN-Amro, Volksbank, Essent, Shell, Strukton, DSM, Schiphol Airport, etc. Of course the Dutch administration is also involved for its many state employees.
The Dutch railway company, Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), is offering those business cards for several years now, and claims that more than 500.000 people already have one. OV-jaarkaart vervangt auto van de zaak