The government’s latest strategy to encourage greener, safer and reliable journeys has been welcomed by the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA).
As a lead trade body for companies in the vehicle rental, fleet management and leasing market, the latest technologies will be crucial for the BVRLA.
Part of the government’s Future of Mobility: Urban Strategy, has seen a £90 million competition launched for the development of ‘Future Mobility Zones’ that will ensure investment in transport innovation, so our towns and cities are filled with vehicles that have lower emissions, and take into account safety measures to guarantee the health of vulnerable road users.
The Association has welcomed the government’s intention of support, and Toby Poston, Director of External Relations, believes that car clubs, leasing and rental all have important roles to play if connected, autonomous and electric vehicles are to make major inroads into the UK marketplace.
He said: “BVRLA members are already delivering the future of urban mobility by providing clean, flexible and affordable mobility to local businesses and residents in London, Birmingham, Manchester and every other major town and city across the UK.
“Their services integrate with other modes of transport and can play a vital role in tackling the challenges facing urban policymakers, whether it is reducing congestion and the threat of terrorism, or improving air quality and road safety.”
The government has made its position clear on road safety and air quality; the Clean Air Policy and last year’s strategy paper highlighted what is expected of vehicles, as did the Road to Zero strategy, which is aiming to drive infrastructure to be cleaner and greener in the next 20 years.
And with municipalities also prioritising safety on their roads, it is hoped that the policy put forward by the government can drive this forward, supported by the BVRLA.