Transport technology is becoming ever more important. The sector has a crucial role in supporting the UK, its transport system and economy.

The benefits of a more intelligent transport network:

A strategic economic sector

  • The sector is conservatively valued at £1.5bn and could generate £15bn a year for the UK economy.
  • It also supports highly skilled job opportunities across the country and is a burgeoning export, with UK expertise valued across the world.
  • An efficient transport network is a key enabler to a significant number of economic sectors.

More customer choice and better journeys

  • Through better information and customer engagement, we can give the travelling public more choice in their journeys, and better awareness of the modes and services available to them, and the benefits of them.
  • Technology will have a key role to play, whether its through public transport information systems or Mobility as a Service (MaaS) platforms

A greener society

  • Using different passenger transport modes can reduce sector emissions by about 30%.
  • The intelligent transport sector will be vital in decarbonising the transport network, by reducing congestion as well as informing and incentivising the travelling public to low carbon forms of transport.

A more efficient, cost-effective system

  •  Intelligent transport has a key role in optimising the usage of our transport network, by making best use of current infrastructure assets and through the predictive maintenance of infrastructure.
  • The data collected and analysed by ITS leads to evidence based decision making for future investments.

To achieve these benefits, we are calling for:

1. Connectivity and Autonomy

  1. Make greater use of the significant amount of data available on the transport network to improve customer service and drive cost efficiencies, by focusing on breaking down siloes between government, at all levels, and industry.
  2. Take advantage of the new regulatory framework for autonomous vehicles to ensure the UK is able to become a global leader in self-driving technology.

2. Integration

  1. Commit to the production of a UK-wide Mobility as a Service (MaaS) Strategy, with consideration across all transport policy, which local areas will use to ensure that their MaaS implementations are interconnected, compatible and affordable.
  2. Utilise industry expertise to speed up the roll out of smart ticketing, supported by a commitment to fares parity.
  3. Introduce a MicroMobility Bill to create a new regulatory framework for e-scooters and other forms of micromobility.

3. Sustainability and Society

  1. Deliver a roadmap to the gradual introduction of mobility pricing, that incentivises the fairer and sustainable use of the transport network.
  2. Leverage technology to achieve the UK’s transport safety ambitions. This will require the maintenance and renewal of current technology, alongside the introduction of new solutions along the network.
  3. Support Demand Responsive Transport by putting it on an independent regulatory footing with equivalent VAT treatment to other modes of public transport.

4. Industry Growth

  1. Support a different approach to the procurement of transport technology that supports funding for operational expenditure for local authorities.
  2. Prioritise a home-grown intelligent transport industry as a key export of strategic value to the UK.

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