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Flexible car use key to mobility, says BVRLA

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A new report, released today, is urging the Government to support flexible, pay-as-you-go forms of motoring.

Cars in the City, published by the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) and advisory firm Global Counsel, urges policymakers to consider a growing range of car use options.

BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney explained: “Most visions of future urban mobility show leafy, virtually car-free streets full of people walking, cycling and using public transport.

“This is an exciting future, but how do we get there from today’s situation, where, even in London, the car remains the most popular single mode of travel?”

Keney continued: “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 (EVs) on the streets and more affordable transport options for families and businesses struggling with the impending cost of clean air zone (CAZ) compliance.

The Cars in the City report concludes with a series of recommendations that local and national policymakers can use to start driving this behaviour change. 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.

Following on from the BVRLA’s recent Road to Zero Report Card, this latest report shares some consistent policy asks around the need for long-term transport planning and funding, improved EV charging infrastructure and a more supportive motoring tax environment.

“Our towns and cities are the economic heartland of the UK and are experiencing rapid population growth, which is why policymakers have made future urban mobility such a priority,” said Keaney.

“All our research demonstrates that ultra-low emission cars, used intelligently, are a vital part of delivering this vision.”

The Road to Zero Report Card said long-term tax incentives, improved lead times and more rapid charge points are needed if the Government is to meet its ‘net zero’ emissions pledge.

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