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CAMBIO CAR-SHARING GOES FOR THE FLEXIBILITY

OF SEASON TICKETS AND SMS TICKETS THROUGH ITS PRE-PAYMENT SCHEME

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Cambio promotes combined transport (on foot and by bike, train, tram, bus and car sharing), not only among its customers but also its own employees.

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100%

pre-paid season tickets for vehicle fleet staff

400

SMS tickets a year through the pre-payment scheme for other staff

100%

focus on multimodal transport, combining bike, train, tram, bus and - where appropriate - car sharing

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PRESENTATION

Cambio surprised the Flanders market 13 years ago with the innovative concept of car sharing, which at the time was a curiosity, now here to stay. Cambio introduced multimodal transport (combining bike, train, tram, bus, car sharing) at the right moment. Since their arrival on the scene, there has been a shift in mentality from ownership to use, cf. the popularity of Spotify, Netflix, Airbnb, etc. "The Flemish public is ready for it. Sharing is the new owning. This also applies to cars. More and more Flemings realise that they do not necessarily want to own a car, most of all they want to be able to use a car when they need one. And here, Cambio is the solution."

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IDEAL LOCATION AT A PUBLIC TRANSPORT HUB

The Cambio head office in Ghent, with 14 employees today, is located close to Ghent St-Pieters railway station and tram and bus stops. "This was a deliberate choice", says Tom Alleman, Cambio Flanders Project Manager. "We would like to stay here, even if we expand further. It would be easy to move to a less costly place outside the centre but we have consciously decided not to do so. With our current location, it is easy to go for sustainable mobility solutions - bike, train, tram and bus - , which is exactly what we want."

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EVERY EMPLOYEE HAS AN SMS TICKET ALLOWANCE

The big question is of course: are their employees as multimodally mobile as their customers? And the answer is that they are. They practise what they preach. "With our location very close to a public transport hub, we encourage our people not to choose the car. And this works. Only one of us commutes to work by car, everyone else comes by bike, train, tram or bus. This is because public transport offers the most efficient solution. We believe it is our duty to encourage that choice. We refund rail season tickets and everyone receives an allowance for SMS tickets. When it rains or snows, a lot of cyclists come by bus or tram."

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SMS TICKETS ENSURE FLEXIBILITY ON BUSINESS TRIPS

Our position close to the station simplifies commuting to work but also business travel", Tom points out. "When we have to travel on business, it is logical to choose the train. Depending on where we have to go, after the train we choose tram, bus, Blue-bike or Cambio. If we have to get to the centre of Antwerp, we take a Vélo bike or tram at the station." And this they do frequently. Each year, some 400 SMS tickets are applied for. "If we need to get to a place at some distance from Antwerp, we take a Cambio car. We always say: 'We don't have one company car, we have 500' " (laughs).

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SEASON TICKETS FOR VEHICLE FLEET STAFF

Vehicle fleet staff, who have to service the fleet at all sites, take the bus or tram to collect a car if it needs repair. This is environmentally friendly and low-cost: it enables a single person to collect a car." Of course, this does pose challenges. At times, going by car is simply the easiest choice but we do prioritise sustainable solutions. Fortunately, you usually get to towns and to places in town the quickest by train, tram, bus and bike, and this is why we support our fleet staff by providing a De Lijn and rail season ticket. This enables them to jump on a bus, tram or train always and everywhere."

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PRE-PAYMENT SCHEME: IDEAL FOR STAFF AND ADMINISTRATION

The upshot? Everyone at Cambio uses De Lijn. "Travelling with De Lijn is dead easy, both for our employees and for the administration. All the more so since the introduction of the pre-payment scheme. The season tickets for fleet staff are fully pre-paid and others get an allowance for SMS tickets which they can use flexibly. This is handy for our people as they do not need to advance the cost of tickets. For the administration, it means less red tape as they do not need to reimburse all those tickets on an individual basis. The invoice simply arrives at the accounts department at the end of each month. Really super."

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MULTIMODAL TRANSPORT: IT'S HEALTHIER, CHEAPER, AND MORE ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY

Tom: "Why would we recommend multimodal transport to other companies? You could turn the question around. Why do you hamper multimodal transport by giving people with a company car? Using different means of transport together has so many advantages. It is more comfortable, on the train or bus you can do a bit of work or just relax. It is healthy because you cycle and walk more. It causes less stress: being stuck in traffic jams every day and looking for somewhere to park has a huge impact on your happiness, not to mention the financial and environmental benefits." And he adds: "Of course car sharing is not everyone's cup of tea, but most of the companies that decide to work with us are pleasantly surprised at all the advantages when they do come on board."

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ABOUT CAMBIO

With its car sharing system, Cambio Flanders has since 2004 offered an innovative alternative to car ownership. Under the car sharing scheme, several people share a number of cars. Ideal if you do not need the car every day. You use and pay for the car only when you need it. That is good news for your wallet and for the environment. Cambio now has 15 000 enthusiastic users, especially in and around the major towns and cities in Flanders (Antwerp, Ghent, Leuven, Mechelen) and in smaller regional centres.

Visit Cambio at www.cambio.be.

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YOUR POSSIBILITIES

AS AN ORGANIZATION, YOU HAVE DIFFERENT OPPORTUNITIES TO OFFER YOUR EMPLOYEES SUITABLE PUBLIC TRANSPORT.

Contribution towards travel pass

For daily journeys
100% tax deductible
6% VAT deductible
No more reimbursements: One invoice

Contributions for sms-tickets

For occasional journeys
6% VAT deductible
Completely tailored
Only one invoice

M-tickets via app

For occasional journeys
Various transport options
Via the app provided by our m-suppliers
Pay after use

Railease

For occasional journeys
Combination with company car
Flexibility
Limited costs

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