SUMMIT DEBATER BACKS PRIVATE CAR PHASE OUT

One of the panellists debating shared mobility at the forthcoming ITS (UK) Summit says that personal car ownership must be reassessed because the “status quo cannot go unchallenged”.

James Taylor (pictured), UK Managing Director of DriveNow, part of SHARENOW reacted to the UK Government’s recent  Science and Technology Committee report which recommended bringing forward the proposed ban on sale of new conventional cars and vans to 2035 at the latest adding that, “In the long-term, widespread personal vehicle ownership does not appear to be compatible with significant decarbonisation.”

Taylor is supporting the motion, This house believes that we are in the last years of private vehicle ownership and shared mobility is the only sustainable future for transport” at the Summit on 17 October said, “There are 30.9 million licensed cars in the UK, the average of which is parked 96% of the time, 80% of that time outside the home. From both road space and a sustainability points of view this status quo cannot remain unchallenged.

“Alongside cycling, walking, using public transport, there have never been more shared transport options available to the public, from bikes and e-bikes to cars and in the future possibly e-scooters too. However, this doesn’t mean that the car will not play an important role in the future of mobility. There will always be journeys and situations where a shared car is the best answer, be that going for a weekend away with friends, picking up a TV from your parents’ house or just going shopping.”

DriveNow has been operating in London for nearly five years and Taylor says that he can see the positive impact car sharing has had on our users. “One of our shared cars can replace 13 private vehicles on the road and they are used six times more than a privately owned car,” he says. “Our users tend to use public transport more than the average Brit as well as choosing active travel more often.

“There are also quite a few benefits to switching to car sharing. Our users can choose to drive a convertible or a people carrier depending on the day and they can make flexible one-way trips. On top of this our fleet already contains electric BMW i3’s, which are built using renewable wind and hydro-power, making it one of the lowest ‘whole life carbon footprint’ vehicles available. Consumers who want to make a difference to their carbon-footprint, don’t have to wait until 2050, they can begin to make a change today.”

Taylor will be joined by Dr Alastair McInroy of Technology Scotland in supporting the motion at the event in Coventry.  Andy Graham, owner of White Willow Consulting and Chair of the ITS (UK) Connected Vehicles Forum will oppose the motion alongside Catherine Bowen from BVRLA.