The Committee on Change has produced its annual progress report to Parliament as well as a monitoring framework by which it will track progress in more detail than ever.
There are some really important highlights for shared transport in the UK including some using CoMoUK research directly.
While we are still digesting the annual progress report to Parliament and monitoring framework from the Committee on Climate Change, our initial scan shows over 20 references to shared mobility, including direct uses of our work plus plans to build future indicators around our evidence base.
We will be following up with all relevant stakeholders and the Committee itself.
The most noteworthy findings are:
- Embed sustainable transport within the upcoming planning reforms in the upcoming Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill. This should recognise the role that place-shaping, active travel, public transport, and shared mobility can combine to play in reducing car dependence and realising a range of co-benefits. These factors should be required to be considered from the outset of all development planning.
- That the governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland should support the shared mobility and public transport sectors through Covid-19 recovery including through recovery funding and positive communication and messaging.
- Effective policy should view shared mobility as part of a wider whole-system approach to the future of transport…Such a vision should be embedded within guidance to local authorities and the tools (e.g., the planning framework) that they have at their disposal to deliver it. This should include provision for conveniently sited parking and charging infrastructure to ensure that car clubs are able to lead the transition to zero-emission vehicles.
- Bicycle sharing schemes have become widespread across urban areas of the UK. These indicators monitor the availability of and utilisation of these. Similar schemes for sharing e-bikes and e-scooters are also beginning to appear. We intend to extend these indicators to cover such schemes subject to the availability of data.
- We have developed two proxy indicators to track progress in the resource-efficient production and use of cars: light-weighting and car clubs.
- While we [the CCC] do not have a pathway for estimated cars removed from roads, CoMoUK estimated this to be 99,355 cars in 2020. We will consider this as a future indicator.
We are also pleased to see the recommendation that the Government publish its findings from the e-scooter trials.
Annual progress report to Parliament