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High Gas Prices Impacting Biz Travel

LCT Staff
Posted on June 7, 2006

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Across the U.S., surging gas prices are forcing action among people who drive hundreds of miles for their jobs, manage corporate fleets or run limousine and taxi companies. Some are switching vehicles. But most are making more modest adjustments — checking tires more often for proper inflation, idling engines less or taking public transit. About 15% of the National Business Travel Association members surveyed say that they're encouraging greater use of public transportation where available.

Robert Alexander, president of RMA Chauffeured Transportation in Rockville, Md., brings his limousines in for monthly maintenance as opposed to every other month to increase fuel efficiency. They also check tire pressure every time a car is cleaned. Alexander says he wants to avoid raising the fuel surcharge for a second time since gas prices soared after Hurricane Katrina.

Source: USA Today

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