Self-drive is still the business traveller’s preferred mode of ground transportation

Travel News 01 Aug 2015

Rental cars are the most popular form of ground transport for business travellers, a new report has found.

According to a recent GBTA‘s 2015 Ground Transportation Study, which was released at the GBTA Convention in Orlando, 36% of business travellers use rental cars to get around their destination, while 24% use taxis and 13% use chauffeur-driven cars.

Interestingly, 11% of respondents said they use ride-sharing companies, but this form of transport is not widely accepted by businesses.

The study also identified the most important factors business travellers and travel buyers consider when choosing ground transportation. Topping the list was traveller and vehicle safety, availability for a timely pick-up and convenience of payments methods. Three-quarters of business travellers and eight in 10 travel buyers called these factors “highly important”.

The report also uncovered the unfamiliarity of self-drive regulations with about one-third of business travellers are at least “somewhat familiar” with aspects like driver certification, training requirements and regulations affecting each ground transportation method.