The future of mobility?
The Government has published its Future of Mobility: Urban Strategy which it says is ‘the biggest review into transport in a generation’. Transport is changing and we think the Government is right to look at removing the barriers that hold back our transport system from becoming more sustainable. Whether it’s new technology or ways to make walking and cycling more attractive, we need to make travelling around our towns and cities easier, cheaper, cleaner and more reliable.
As part of the Strategy the Government has created ‘Future Mobility Zones’, with the West Midlands as the first one. Transport for the West Midlands is proposing a mobility voucher scheme, similar to what we called for last year, to encourage people to swap their cars for credits towards more sustainable forms of transport like car sharing, public transport or electric vehicle hire. Enabling people to move to more sustainable transport like this will help take the most polluting vehicles off the road quicker and improve the health and wellbeing of communities adversely affected by air pollution.
We look forward to working with the Government and communities to ensure that sustainable transport and new technology aren't hindered by outdated regulation.