ONE in 10 West Yorkshire businesses would be inclined to switch from car use to public transport if fares were lowered.
That’s according to the latest transport survey conducted by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in West Yorkshire.
The FSB’s survey reveals that just 27% of businesses in the Leeds City Region use public transport for their business and when asked what measures should be taken by authorities to improve transport for businesses, 37% stated a reduction in fares.
The majority of small businesses in the region rely on the use of a van or car for business operations but high fuel costs, traffic congestion and potholes causing more rapid wear and tear on vehicles, are leading some small businesses to consider alternative forms of transport.
The survey of FSB West Yorkshire members identified that 75% of small businesses were affected by traffic congestion with just under one quarter estimating that the problems with the UK’s road infrastructure had cost their business between £1,000 and £2,500 in the last year.