By Howard Lee
Employers who wish to adopt flexi-travel initiatives for their workforce to travel during off-peak hours can tap on incentives as part of the Travel Smart Network launched by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) today.
The three initiates, to be rolled out from tomorrow to November 2014, aims to encourage employees “to travel on public transport during off-peak periods, and to take up sustainable modes of travel such as cycling and walking, thereby reducing the demand for peak hour travel”, indicates a media release issued by LTA.
Companies that are on the Travel Smart Network can benefit from three initiatives:
1) Corporate-Tier Travel Smart Rewards (with effect from 1 August, tomorrow) – an extension of an earlier scheme company employees can enrol and enjoy an attractive sign-up points bonus, which now includes a new monthly top lucky draw prize of $1,500, for one winner every month.
2) Travel Smart Consultancy Voucher (with effect from 1 November) – up to $30,000 to engage approved consultants to conduct employee travel pattern analysis and develop travel demand management action plans tailored to the needs of the company and its employees. This is to help companies gain an insight into their employees’ travel patterns and understand the motivating factors, as well as determine potential Travel Smart measures.
3) Travel Smart Grant (with effect from 1 November) – up to $160,000 annually for three years to co-fund the cost of initiatives which companies put in place to support the adoption of flexi-travel arrangements by their employees.
LTA also said that an earlier pilot initiative to encourage more travellers to take public transport during non-peak periods have yielded “encouraging results”.
LTA Group Director for Policy and Planning, Mr Jeremy Yap said: “The three key ideas that bring about the change in travel pattern are the facilitation of tele-commuting, the availability of flexi-work options, as well as supporting activities like the provision of morning programmes such as exercise, team-bonding or breakfast sessions before work. With these encouraging results from the trial, we know that there is scope for more companies to participate in Travel Smart so more can benefit from flexi-travel and work arrangements.”
LTA did not indicate how many companies were expected to take up the new schemes, but has indicated that 12 companies took part in the earlier pilot project, and both employers and employees have “benefited from the experience”.
The Ministry of Manpower did not indicate if there might be broader regulations or incentives to encourage companies to adopt flexi-work arrangements to support these flexi-travel initiatives.
The government has earlier extended an earlier free pre-peak travel scheme for a year, claiming that it was a success, although the scheme saw only 7% of commuters shifted their travel patterns as a result of the drive.
Senior Minister of State for Transport Josephine Teo has also indicated earlier that, “In the second year of the free pre-peak trial, we are going to focus more on working with employers to make flexible work arrangements more widely available to their staff, so that their staff can have a choice of a lifestyle change.”
Image – Wikipedia, Share Alike 2.5 via Wikimedia Commons

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
You May Also Like

乐龄民众抱怨花了20元参观 飞禽公园解释参观额外景区有收费

裕廊飞禽公园(Jurong Bird Park)50周年纪念,将票价调至1971年开幕时的价格,即2.50元,接待本地游客。 不过,一名乐龄民众就撰文反映,原来参观不同景区,还需多付其他票价。 原本裕廊飞禽公园的票价为成人32元、3至12岁儿童21元、60岁以上老人则是15元。获悉公园推出50周年优惠,他与妻子也为之心动,以为只要花2.50元,就能参观整个飞禽公园。 不过在入园后才得知,在至少五个有闸鸟舍,各花费2.50元才能继续参观,即他们还多花了17.50元。两人各花了20元,才能参观所有裕廊飞禽公园的景区。“结果我们连喝咖啡的钱都没有了。” 这位民众在《海峡时报》的读者来函上,坦言较后才看到,飞禽公园官网确实写着,每个景区入门票两块半。 虽然还是比起原本的票价便宜了12元,但在官网上,需要用户自行点击票务页面上的条款,方能看到说明: “访客首次入场的价格,欲参观其他有闸鸟舍或表演则需额外收费”(First Price Admission for…

马国公民组织要求公布513档案 慕尤丁:未接到类似要求

513事件发生至今已半世纪,但伤痕留在马来西亚人民心中难忘,且513事件发生的肇因至今仍没公布。513系列活动工委会主席陈亚才,于上周进行公祭仪式上,要求政府为此事件 “解惑” ;但是内政部长丹斯里慕尤丁则表示,政府并没有接获类似的正式要求。 据马国媒体《东方日报》报导,上周末(5月11日)早上9时,在双溪毛糯513墓园,维护513墓园工委会、林连玉基金属下文化资产保存基金、隆雪华民权委员会、妇女组和青年团联合举办了公祭仪式。除了雪州高级行政议员拿督邓章钦、万扰州议员蔡伟杰、陈亚才和吉隆坡广东义山李振光等人,有包括罹难者家属和幸存者在内,将近百人出席。 百人出席公祭仪式 出席者在活动开始时,为罹难者默哀1分钟后,各大宗教团体的代表在获得主办单位邀请下,在现场进行宗教仪式。出席的宗教代表有伊斯兰教、佛教、道教、基督教、天主教和兴都教等。 文化工作者在现场进行诗歌朗诵,在现场乐器伴奏下,现场一片严肃萧瑟,有者甚至哭出来。出席者随后为每一个墓碑、无论有没有名字记载,都献上鲜花,公祭仪式才正式结束。 陈亚才在活动上致辞时表示,今年的513事件公祭主题为“解惑”,即接触人民的迷惑和困惑,也希望此事不会再成为恐吓和挟持的工具。他也呼吁更多客观、更理性和全面的分析,以便达到有关目的。但是因为513事件受到国家机密限制,很多相关的档案蒙尘至今,影响并局限研究范围。 因此他促请政府解除有关的机密限制并开放资料供研究,让历史研究得以深化并且取得突破性的进展。 将513墓园列雪兰莪保留地 他也呼吁雪州政府将513墓园在宪报上列为保留地,并将该土地指定为州属文化遗产。 雪州高级行政议员拿督邓章钦在致辞上回应了陈亚才的呼吁,表示雪州政府同意将513墓园列为保留地,并且已经展开土地测量和资料收集工作,料半年内会有好消息。…

'If you don’t f**k off, I will kill you' – Expat assault victims tell all

~by: Jewel Philemon~ "Who's your daddy?" was the last Mr Lawrence Wong…