The BVRLA has called for the Government to provide more guidance and support to cities trying to get to grips with new and disruptive forms of mobility.
In its submission to the Department for Transport’s Future of Mobility call for evidence, the BVRLA urged local and national policymakers to collaborate in creating a strategic vision for the way they want new mobility models such as car sharing to work alongside public transport in urban areas.
The association also called for national Government to help local authorities tackle any planning and infrastructure issues holding back the rapid roll-out of EV charging infrastructure.
Gerry Keaney, BVRLA chief executive, said: “Vehicle electrification, connectivity and data are disrupting traditional transport business models and creating huge opportunities for improving urban transport.
“The arrival of new on-demand transport providers like Uber or digital mobility as a service (MaaS) platforms that integrate lots of transport modes into an app have the potential to dramatically change the way city dwellers travel in a very short space of time.
“Policymakers need to adjust their plans. Air quality concerns mean that they need fewer cars, vans and trucks in cities, but that doesn’t mean that these modes can be ignored when it comes to developing strategies and visions for future urban transport.
“The pay-as-you-go alternative to traditional vehicle ownership that is offered by BVRLA members will be a vital part of delivering this transition. We look forward to working with policymakers in reducing congestion while delivering safer, cleaner and more accessible transport for UK cities.”