Government launches consultation to consider ‘groundbreaking technologies’ to transform how we travel

29 September 2021

The Department for Transport and OZEV have launched a consultation on proposals to ensure the right framework is in place to drive ‘radical changes in transport expected over the next decade’.

Measures proposed focus on a range of transport issues, including the expansion of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Among the proposals to be considered are future plans for a robust and expansive chargepoint network to enable universal access to electric vehicles and supporting the commitment to phase out the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030. The recommendation include the installation of even more chargepoints along motorways, streets and at popular destinations to make them more accessible, as well as helping to ensure they are inclusively designed so they are easy to use by all.

The Future of Transport consultation includes five separate elements:

  • Future of transport regulatory review: zero emission vehicles (link)
  • Future of transport regulatory review: maritime autonomy and remote operations (link)
  • Future of transport regulatory review: future of flight (link)
  • Future of transport regulatory review: regulatory sandboxes (link)
  • Future of transport regulatory review: modernising vehicle standards (link)

The deadline for responses is 22 November 2021.

Announcing the consultation, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “This is a hugely exciting time for transport in the UK. On our roads EVs are set to become the norm within the decade, on our seas autonomous and remotely operated vessels will increase efficiency and improve safety, and in our skies drones and novel aircraft will transform the way people and goods move around.

“Supporting these innovations will not only ensure high standards for consumers but also create a research-friendly environment so we can continue being world leaders in transport. We will create a safer, greener transport system that attracts investment and supports skilled jobs across the country.”

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