Norman Baker, the transport minister, has urged civil servants to make more use of teleconferencing in order to reduce their travel costs (Public Sector Travel).
Mr Baker said: “We currently think of there being four dimensions of transport – road, rail, air, and water – I want ‘communication’ to be seen as the fifth dimension. Communicating in smarter ways takes away the need to actually travel in the first place.
“I want to lead by example, so first off I am working to get the department’s (DfT’s) house in order. I’ve written to all policy officials to encourage them to use teleconferencing more.”
A series of internal workshops have been held so people know how to use teleconferencing equipment.
Mr Baker added: “I am talking to my colleagues across government and key external groups to make sure all opportunities to avoid the need to travel are taken, and this work will continue over the next few months.”
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