The Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE) has said that regulation of access to cities “must change dramatically” if Europe is to transition towards sustainable mobility.
In its report, Shared Mobility & MaaS, The regulatory challenges of urban mobility, it that Mobility as a Service (MaaS) has been gaining momentum in a number of countries and comes with the potential to allow users to combine both traditional and new mobility services. Policies to drive a move away from private cars were said to have been stifled due to the negative impacts associated with switching to either public or active transport, with the report noting MaaS was a way of reducing these impacts and can pave the way towards “truly sustainable mobility”.
In light of the significant developments of MaaS and shared mobility, the report said the regulation of urban mobility must now be transformed.
It noted that until now, the constraints on cars have remained low and policies moving forwards should focus on both vehicles and the use of public space. To realise the full development of MaaS and shared mobility, the rules of the road must be oriented towards incentives for ride sharing and the disincentives for the use of individual cars, it said, otherwise it is unlikely this will be successful.