The country could move away from car ownership, with shared mobility becoming the norm, according to Transport Minister, Trudy Harrison.
Speaking at the Collaborative Mobility UK (CoMoUK) annual shared transport conference, she outlined her support for a system that’s “fit for the future”, transport minister Trudy Harrison said the country needs to move away from “20th century thinking centred around private vehicle ownership” and introduce “greater flexibility, with personal choice and low carbon shared transport”.
Ms Harrison told delegates at the , it was “staggering” that nearly two-thirds of car trips are taken by lone drivers, reports Fleet News.
She said that the UK is at a “tipping point” where shared mobility will soon be a “realistic option for many of us to get around, where mobility hubs become a familiar part of our street architecture, and where all these options will be available to book and pay for at the touch of a smartphone”.
“The challenge is to move further and faster to make shared mobility less of a novelty and increasing the norm to make it as easy, as convenient and as accessible as possible,” she added.
“We are reaching a tipping point where shared mobility in the form of car clubs, scooters and bike shares will soon be a realistic option for many of us to get around.
“Where mobility hubs become a familiar part of our street architecture and where all these options will be available to book and pay for at the touch of a smartphone.
“I think the benefits are really significant: from clean air to healthier populations to greater connectivity for more people, no matter where they live.”