Our work and funding

Who we are and what we do

CoMoUK is the national charity for the public benefit of shared transport such as car clubs and bike share schemes.

We work collaboratively with national, regional, transport and local authorities as well as the private sector to further these social, economic and environmental benefits. We do this via accreditation, research, policy, guidance, engagement and advocacy.

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Our work and funding

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Accreditation

We accredit operators in the car club and bike share sectors, as well as accrediting mobility hubs. This is a collectively agreed set of standards which are upheld across these sectors. These save authorities from the burden of individually finding reassurance on such standards. As part of our accreditation, operators provide key data to deepen understanding of shared transport.

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Research

We publish an unmatched roster of research on shared transport each year. The mainstays of this are our annual car and bike share reports, which combine user and operator data, as well as a number of special focuses on particular areas of interest such as mobility hubs.

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Policy

We have a range of policy areas in focus including procurement of shared transport; the electrification of car club fleets; and spatial planning policy change to support mobility hubs and approaches which build in sustainable transport use and reduce private car use.

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Guidance

CoMoUK has a suite of guidance for public authorities in particular on how best to establish and support shared transport schemes. We keep this refreshed on a regular basis. Areas covered include car and bike share, plus mobility hubs.

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Engagement

We engage widely and very regularly across the public, private and third sectors relating to shared and sustainable transport. We do this via regular forums, collective and 1:1 meetings, publishing guidance, our annual conference and other bespoke events. We engage on average with 50 public authorities per month.

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Advocacy

We advocate for the public benefit of shared transport with the UK Government, governments across the nations and regions of the UK, and local transport and other public authorities. We do this via meetings, publications, events and media work.

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Funding

CoMoUK income is derived from:

  • our Transport Scotland work programme
  • our two EU programmes
  • operator and associate memberships
  • consultancy
  • our annual conference

Mobi-Mix

CoMoUK is a partner in the EU Interreg Two Seas project, Mobi-Mix, which runs until September 2022. It seeks to find effective ways of working with the private sector to implement successful shared transport solutions. It will also run trials of MaaS applications.

The project will support five authorities to create pilot projects. The partners are Antwerp; Norfolk County Council; Mechelen (Belgium); the Metropolitan area of Valenciennes (France); alongside Ghent University, POLIS, Transalley technology park, Gustave Eiffel University and Cambridge Cleantech.

CoMoUK’s role is to facilitate dialogue between the public and private sector partners, advise on pilot project plans and feed into a handbook of the most promising models for implementing shared transport and MaaS. You can view the implementation guide here.

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Transport Scotland

Each year since 2010, CoMoUK has delivered an evolving and responsive work programme on behalf of Transport Scotland. This programme has developed over time to meet the needs of the changing political landscape and growth in the sector.

We are funded on an annual basis to provide advice and support to stakeholders interested in establishing a shared transport scheme, from community groups to local authorities.

We also undertake research to support the sector and provide evidence to show the impact different modes have on travel behaviour, helping to meet Scottish Government policies such as reducing carbon emissions, improving air quality and encouraging more active lifestyles.

transport.gov.scot
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