HR Strange But True!
August 19, 2003

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Leave your Toyota at home - says Toyota

The Toyota Motor Corp. is urging the 28,000 employees at its headquarters in central Japan to stop driving to work.

The reason: they are causing a daily traffic jam. Every weekday morning, a line of cars begins building in front of Toyota headquarters in Toyota City, stretching up to 2 miles and taking about an hour to clear up, according to the Associated Press.

Toyota spokeswoman Monika Fujita acknowledged that it "may seem like a contradiction" for one of the biggest automakers in the world to discourage driving, but she added: "If you think about the problems we are causing to the community around us, it can't be helped."

"It's also quite meaningless to drive in a traffic jam," she observed.

The AP reports that since February, Toyota has provided a free bus shuttle service from two nearby train stations. By July, the number of workers taking public transit to work had risen from 3,000 to 5,000.

Source: The Associated Press, via Yahoo!

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