The UK government has opened its call for evidence on the future of mobility in the UK to lessors and mobility specialists.
The document will form part of the strategy leading government policy on the future of mobility, taking into account changes to the transport industry and mobility in general from new market entrants and business models.
It is also designed to help the government handle its pollution and greenhouse gas reduction targets, and as such the ideas of the sharing economy, and will also be used as a crucial economic stimulus for UK business.
Future of mobility
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling wrote: “What are the implications of new business models for existing mass transit networks? How might new ways of consuming mobility be used to encourage sustainable, active modes of transport?
“We want to help innovators and decision-makers navigate questions such as these as they look to maximise the opportunities presented by the transformations in mobility.”
Included in the policy document will be a section on the Future of Urban Mobility for areas of dense population.
“How we get around is likely to change significantly across our towns, cities and countryside,” wrote Grayling.
“What this means for users will vary from place to place, but we expect some of the most complex shifts to affect densely populated areas. This is why we are developing a Future of Urban Mobility strategy first, to be published by the end of 2018. The strategy will be a short document setting out the principles that will guide government’s approach to emerging mobility technologies and services in cities.
“It will not duplicate our existing work to support innovation in particular modes, but will take a holistic view of how new developments across modes and technologies should be addressed in the next couple of decades.”
The call for evidence is split into two main sections. The first deals with urban planning issues; the second deals with influencing issues on policy making and regulation for the new mobility landscape.
The consultation runs from 30 July to 10 September 2018.
The completed government policy document, with responses from businesses included, is due at the end of 2018.