Mileage charging will fuel growth in mobile and home working says it industry leader

Fujitsu Siemens Computers is predicting that plans to introduce mileage charging will lead to a boom in mobile computing and is calling for tax breaks to help businesses adopt more flexible working practices.

Steve Kendall-Smith, managing director of Fujitsu Siemens Computers’ UK operation believes that the introduction of mileage charging will pave the way for more organisations to allow their staff to work at home, boosting the uptake of mobile computing. He wants to see the government take greater action and give businesses an incentive to adopt more flexible working practices in the form of tax concessions.

Steve Kendall-Smith comments: “Encouraging more companies to adopt mobile and home working will help to ease congestion and reduce environmental damage. Businesses are much more likely to do that if they are given a positive incentive. By giving companies that invest in mobile technology a tax break, the government can cut the number of people travelling on the UK’s roads every day, reduce carbon emissions and encourage the further use of technology by businesses and in the home.”

“These positive reasons for embracing mobile working will counterbalance the move to charge motorists for every mile they drive. With 1.8 million people signing the on-line petition against road charging, the strength of public opinion on this issue has been demonstrated. It is seen as yet another pay out to the tax man and a restriction on businesses and the individual.”

He continues: “If there is no positive incentive to stop using their cars, business people will simply feel shackled and that will not be good for the UK economy. Providing tax incentives for businesses that introduce home working and make use of video-conferencing and remote collaboration systems would also be a great way of overcoming this and will benefit the economy.”

As well as being one of the world’s leading producers of mobile computers and systems, Fujitsu Siemens Computers has led the way on environmental issues in the IT industry. It has pioneered the development of ‘green’ PCs and worked tirelessly to eliminate hazardous substances from its products.

Research from the company has also revealed the growing trend of ‘Green Collar Workers’ - employees who are taking their green consciences to work with them.

Almost two-thirds (63%) of British workers make sure that they consciously save energy by turning off their PCs overnight and 68% say that they already recycle paper at work. More than a quarter of (27%) employees have gone as far as actively lobbying their employer to implement more environmentally friendly policies (such as procurement of green IT systems, energy saving and recycling).