by David Abrahams on 21 Mar 2019
This week's Top 3: The UK's new strategy for urban mobility, Germany to speed up new transport law, and the European Commission publishes its transport scoreboards
On Tuesday the UK Government launched its long-awaited Future of Urban Mobility Strategy. The strategy outlines the approach that the Government will take to the regulation of urban transport over the next decade. While there was a lot in the strategy that had previously been announced, there was a new commitment to a review of regulations around electric scooters and other forms of micromobility and the first tranche of funding for local authorities to trial new mobility concepts was awarded to the West Midlands Combined Authority. Of greatest interest however, was the strategy's direction on data sharing, with strong indications that the Government may seek to impose mandatory data sharing in order to enable Mobility-as-a-Service to become a reality, whilst also seeking to scope out potential action to avoid local data monopolies building up as a result of MaaS applications. You can download our full briefing here.
The German Transport Minister has announced an acceleration in the timetable for the forthcoming revision to existing passenger transport law. The new rules would enable private hire vehicles to drive around without having a booking, where previously they had to return to their headquarters after completion of a trip, and would legalise app-enabled carpooling. The Minister stated that he will aim to have the new law in place by next year rather than the original target of 2021.
Following on from last week's publication of its annual "Trends and Issues" in transport report, the European Commission has published this year's edition of the ‘EU Transport Scoreboard’, a benchmark comparing how Member States perform in 30 categories covering all aspects of transport. Sweden tops the Scoreboard with high scores in 15 categories, followed by the Netherlands and Austria.
This is a weekly note from Inline Policy's Mobility Policy and Regulation Team, it covers the top three developments in the regulation of on-demand transport in Europe. It covers taxis, ride-sharing, car sharing, carpooling, bikes, e-bikes, scooters, shared mopeds and anything else that's relevant to the sector. If you'd like to receive this direct to your inbox then please enter your email address below:
David’s is an experienced public affairs practitioner with a background in competition regulation and a particular focus on technology, mobility, telecoms and internet infrastructure. He leads Inline's mobility practice.
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