The Government must support flexible, pay-as-you-go forms of motoring in order to improve the urban environment and encourage people to walk, cycle and use more public transport.
Cars in the City, a new report from the BVRLA and advisory firm Global Counsel, 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.
“Most visions of future urban mobility show leafy, virtually car-free streets full of people walking, cycling and using public transport,” said BVRLA Chief Executive Gerry Keaney.
“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 travel1?”
“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.
Launched today at the association’s Future Mobility Congress event in Birmingham, the Cars in the City report provides some practical recommendations that local and national policymakers can use to start driving this behaviour change. These include:
“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,” added Keaney.
“All our research demonstrates that ultra-low emission cars, used intelligently, are a vital part of delivering this vision.”