After shock news that London is considering a corporate tax on car parking spaces, Hayley Morton, Sustainability Officer for the Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust, plans to launch Faxi groups at three of its 60 locations to help alleviate some of the pressure on car parking and to cut costs for employees.
Hayley said: “Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust approached Faxi looking for a solution to the high numbers of single car users amongst their staff and the related congestion and car parking issues that are created by this as well as a reduction in the carbon footprint related to staff travel.”
The pressure on car parks across the UK is only worsening, and there is a risk that more stringent action will be implemented, as is already being seen in Nottingham with its workplace car parking tax. In preparation for this, and in response to the desperate need for a solution, Hayley is pushing forward with Faxi journey sharing groups as part of the NHS Trust’s key goals to reduce single occupancy vehicles, reduce cost for employees and lessen the environmental footprint of the organisation.
Any concern around journey sharing with strangers is mitigated by sharing via closed groups within the NHS community, and the fact that many employees have already gone through DRB process. Hayley added: “Faxi has offered a service that allows staff members to join a private network of potential car sharers and find a partner to share journeys to and from work, as well as looking for partners for walking and cycling for their commute.”
The personal cost-saving element of journey sharing is also considerable, and Faxi will help to alleviate financial pressures on NHS staff by spreading the cost of fuel and parking for car sharers.
The Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust provides services from more than 60 locations and employs more than 4,000 dedicated staff, and will be working with the communications team to promote Faxi as part of its sustainable transport goals.