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Fleet industry calls for greater government support on Intelligent Mobility

The calls were made at the BVRLA’s Intelligent Mobility roundtable, which was held on Friday 30 October and hosted by Transport Systems Catapult.

Intelligent Mobility is the term used to refer to any optimised form of transporting people and goods. This concept is beginning to have a major impact on the road transport sector with high hopes that it could result in improved air quality, reduced congestion and increased productivity.

Delegates at the BVRLA event called for the Government to help oversee the development of a common set of vehicle and driver data metrics and formats. They suggested that the whole area of automotive data warranted the introduction of a separate, sector-specific data commissioner who could assist the already overstretched Information Commissioner. 

Attendees also proposed the introduction of a new ‘NCAP’ style ratings system that would rank vehicles according to their cyber security credentials. 

The recommendations will form the basis of a BVRLA policy statement that will be presented to government officials.  

Speaking about the event, BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney said: “The fleet sector will play a vital role in harnessing the many benefits of Intelligent Mobility. BVRLA members are early adopters of connected vehicles and new automotive technology, and buy more than 80% of all UK manufactured vehicles sold in the UK. 

“The fleet industry needs open, standardised, secure and affordable access to vehicle and driver data to realise the potential advantages of Intelligent Mobility” Keaney added.  

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.