ITS UK welcomes Transport Committee inquiries into data and strategic transport objectives

Parliament’s Transport Committee has today announced the opening of two new inquiries into the ‘future of transport data’ and ‘strategic transport objectives’.

Responding on behalf of Intelligent Transport Systems UK (ITS UK), Chief Executive Max Sugarman said: “ITS UK Members will welcome these two inquiries launched today, covering the use of data and the UK’s strategic transport goals – two key issues for the future of transport policy.

“It is particularly positive to see the role of data being considered by the Committee. With the UK transport system producing more data than ever before, there are huge opportunities to make greater use of this often-untapped resource to better understand the real-time state of the network, develop new transport services, support the public to make informed choices about how they travel, help transport authorities plan more effectively, support decarbonisation, improve safety and much more. Considerations like privacy and cybersecurity are becoming ever more important too, as we make greater use of the data around us, so it’s crucial that Government and industry are working together to ensure we’re getting the approach right.

“We look forward to working with the Committee on both these inquiries, which together could set out a clear path for a more effective and integrated transport system, and a safer, greener and more efficient options for the travelling public.”

Note to Editors

  1. More information about the Future of Data inquiry can be found here and the Strategic Transport Objectives inquiry here.
  2. Read the announcement here
  3. ITS UK’s submission on data, provided during the Committee’s Our Future Transport call for evidence, can be found here.
  4. 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.