Future Mobility Position Paper

The BVRLA Position Papers outline the association’s views, objectives and engagement activity relating to key policy areas affecting the industry.

The issue explained:

Innovations and developments in vehicle and mobile technologies are changing business models across the automotive industry with the emergence of Connected, Autonomous, Shared and Electric (CASE) vehicles bringing new challenges and opportunities to the fleet sector and an increasingly devolved transport policy arena.

The Government needs to build upon its forthcoming ‘Future of Urban Mobility Strategy’ by providing practical advice, guidance and support for local authorities that are struggling to seize the opportunities presented by CASE vehicles and integrated MaaS platforms. With an ever-increasing blurring of the boundaries between vehicle rental and leasing, and the emergence of multiple mobility services models and platforms, policymakers need help in assessing the market and how it should be regulated or taxed.

Competition law policymakers favour a ‘light touch’ approach to legislation which supports innovation and helps businesses to thrive. The BVRLA believes that many sectors will suffer if legislation does not catch-up to create an open and fair competitive environment for all parties in the connected vehicle supply chain.

What we are asking of policymakers

  • To work with BVRLA members, other transport providers and local authorities in developing a standardised, secure and competitive way of introducing Mobility as a Service (MaaS) which gives access to rental and leasing products
  • To support the roll-out of electric vehicle fleets with appropriate public charging infrastructure and work with network operators and planners to reduce the cost and bureaucracy associated with private installations.
  • To understand the role of the car in urban areas and work with BVRLA members to develop a behaviour-change strategy that encourages move towards shared vehicle usage.
  • To support the vehicle rental and leasing industry in gaining direct and unrestricted access to their vehicles’ data and functions to enable the sector to innovate and compete fairly

Top 5 key messages

  • A lack of affordable and standardised access to appropriate public charge points is preventing the wider uptake of EVs on rental and car club fleets
  • BVRLA members are the UK’s largest purchasers of connected and electric vehicles. Their huge buying power, insight and expertise is already reshaping the way businesses and individuals approach urban road transport in cities across the UK.
  • Cars, vans and trucks will continue to play a vital role in any future urban transport scenario. BVRLA members can help urban policymakers tackle air quality and congestion by accelerating the move to cleaner, shared transport.
  • Unregulated growth of integrated mobility platform providers could deliver a huge market advantage to certain dominant operators that would monopolise the industry. Uncontrolled growth could also lead to undesirable results e.g. ride hailing leading to an increase in congestion, pollution and consumer detriment.
  • The BVRLA stands ready to engage with Government and other stakeholders on how and where an urban mobility strategy will be rolled out, to enable a collaborative approach.

Recent BVRLA activity from Q1-2019

  • BVRLA EV presentation to Great British Fleet event and participated in LowCVP EV Finance forum
  • Set up working group to implement a car club accreditation programme
  • Attended CCAV Strategy Day and separately met to discuss impact on consumers of restricted data
  • Helped to set up London Councils’ Future Mobility working group
  • BVRLA’s data working group has updated its statement of vehicle data principles
  • Responded to Law Commission consultation on Automated Vehicles to ensure vehicle owner and driver responsibility is clear
  • Met Lord Whitty, Baroness Brown, Martyn Day MP and DfT officials
  • Attended ‘Next steps for intelligent mobility and developing a smart transport system’ forum and OFGEM/Energy Networks Association ‘EV Forum’