The Transport Select Committee has released its Mobility as a Service (MaaS) report, in which it urges the government to take a more direct role in shaping MaaS.
MPs believe that MaaS has the potential to transform the way people travel, in the same way that technology has changed how people search, consume and pay for other services.
The concept, which originated in Scandinavia, encourages smarter travel on roads and is a viable alternative to vehicle ownership.
Scotland has already enjoyed the benefits of the system, with a formal network established to facilitate initiatives that will drive the benefits of the service in the country.
Research from the Transport Select Committee has shown that MaaS will deliver substantial benefits to individuals and wider society, such as reduced road congestion – crucial when trying to reduce pollution – better air quality, healthier travel choices, more efficiency in transport networks, and effective management of transport demand.
The service will give people the option to plan, book and pay for travel across public, private and shared transport by using a smartphone and other devices.
But the MPs on the Committee say that the government need to “play a more active part” by supporting the development of digital platforms, with funding of a variety of projects.
If the government consider MaaS during the development of policy and strategy, the benefits will be much wider.
As such, it is crucial that the government ensures MaaS schemes are correctly accommodated within regulatory framework.
Lilian Greenwood MP, Chair of the Committee, commented: “The Committee believes MaaS should now feature more prominently in the Department for Transport’s future plans.
“This can be done by supporting and funding a variety of MaaS projects.
“This is an exciting opportunity to really shape the development of truly integrated transport planning across the country.
“Now is the time for Ministers to take charge and start supporting and funding current and future pilot projects.
“Mobility as a Service could revolutionise the way in which people travel.”