Flexible car use can deliver future urban mobility

A new report from the BVRLA and advisory firm Global Counsel calls on the Government to support flexible, pay-as-you-go forms of motoring in order to improve the urban environment and encourage people to walk, cycle and use public transport.

The Cars in the City report urges policymakers to consider a growing range of car use options, taking account of the different urban environments we travel in and the needs of those making journeys.

BVRLA Chief Executive Gerry Keaney comments; “Our towns and cities need a more intelligent, sustainable use of the car. Promoting the use of car rental, car clubs and other flexible types of car use can make that happen.”

The BVRLA believes that this strategy can result in fewer vehicles sitting idle on the kerbside, more electric vehicles on the streets and more affordable transport options for families and businesses struggling with the impending cost of Clean Air Zone compliance.

The report contains practical recommendations for local and national policymakers, these include:

  • Providing more long-term certainty and financial support through transport funding and motoring taxation. These must give local authorities the budgets to invest in future mobility solutions and taxpayers the incentives to change their journey choices
  • Supporting the roll-out of intelligent parking systems that can reduce congestion and provide more parking space for flexible car use providers
  • Promoting the roll-out of Mobility Credits in Clean Air Zone areas, which will drive behaviour change and support those hit hardest by the need to upgrade their vehicles.

View the Cars in the City report.