The Department for Transport has launched a consultation on micromobility vehicles, flexible bus services, and mobility as a service as part of the ‘Future of transport regulatory review’. The consultation is seeking views on whether certain micromobility vehicles (such as electric scooters) should be permitted on the road, and if so what vehicle and user requirements would be appropriate; how effective existing rules are around flexible bus services, and which other areas of the bus, taxi and private hire vehicle framework should be considered in this review; and what the opportunities and risks of MaaS platforms might be, and what role central and local governments should play in their development.
The ‘Future of transport regulatory review’ was first announced in March 2019 as part of the Future of mobility: urban strategy. Alongside the review, the Government will invest £90m in trials of new transport innovation in three new ‘future transport zones’. The zones will provide real-world testing for experts, allowing them to work with a range of local bodies such as councils, hospitals, airports and universities to test innovative ways to transport people and goods.