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 ‘Future of Mobility: Urban 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

  • As vehicles become increasingly electric, connected and autonomous it is vital to ensure adequate access to the skills required to service, repair and maintain 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.
  • As new shared mobility models emerge it is essential that there is adequate consumer protection and that operators provide safe, legal and compliant vehicles.
  • Fleet operators must be given real time access to vehicle data within a competitive market, ensuring that there is free choice to service, repair and maintain fleets.

Recent BVRLA activity from Q3-2019

  • Hosted a Future Mobility Congress
  • BVRLA launched its Cars in the City report
  • Further engagement with Coventry City Council on mobility credits
  • Attended In-Vehicle Data Scoping Study Workshop held by catapult/CCAV and Frost & Sullivan Intelligent Mobility event
  • Met with CCAV to raise awareness of consumer protection issues and Claire Gregory CCAV to discuss vehicle data
  • Arranged car club meeting with Shaun Bailey, London Mayoral Candidate
  • Spoke at TaaS Technology CAVs and Future Mobility conference
  • Participated in London Councils Car Club working group
  • Wrote to DfT about proposed changes to SERMI scheme
  • Fedback on Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulations (MVBER)
  • Wrote welcome letter to new DfT & BEIS ministers
  • Contributed to CCAV Future Skills Workshop