Prime Minister urged to move forward with Future of Transport Bill by transport tech companies

A letter to the Prime Minister signed by over 50 businesses in the intelligent transport sector has called on the Government to move forward with a Future of Transport Bill in the upcoming King’s Speech.

The open letter, organised by Intelligent Transport Systems UK (ITS UK), the voice of the transport technology industry, has highlighted the need for a bill in order to deliver the right environment for transport innovation to continue to thrive in the UK, including by setting out regulations for self- and remote-driving vehicles, moving forward with industry reforms to enable smarter ticketing options, providing certainty on the future of micro-mobility schemes and supporting the development of Mobility as a Service (MaaS).

Max Sugarman, Chief Executive of Intelligent Transport Systems UK (ITS UK), said: “The UK is home to some of the most innovative transport technology companies in the world, including those working in areas like connected and autonomous vehicles, smart ticketing, micro-mobility and Mobility as a Service. For the sector to continue to thrive, it needs a Future of Transport Bill that builds upon the work of the Law Commission on remote and self-driving vehicles, that allows the rail sector to modernise through industry reform, that sets out a long-term plan for shared micro-mobility schemes and which sets up the right framework for the development of a more integrated transport system through MaaS.

“With a bill promised in the 2022 Queen’s Speech, it is now more urgent than ever that we see legislation introduced. We urge the Prime Minister to bring a bill forward in November, when the King opens Parliament and look forward to working with Government to support our transport sector, with the jobs, economic growth and investment it provides.”

Note to Editors

  1. The Open Letter to the Prime Minister can be found here
  2. About ITS UK: Intelligent Transport Systems UK (ITS UK) is the voice of the transport technology industry. ITS UK provides a national platform to support the roll out of technology for a cleaner, safer and more effective transport network, both at home and abroad. We support our 150+ members – from both the private and public sector, and covering all sizes and disciplines – through advocacy to policy makers, connecting people and organisations, promoting the industry overseas and supporting innovation across the intelligent transport ecosystem.