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Shaping the future of transport

The government published a series of consultations last week (28 September 2021) as part of its future of transport regulatory review.

Five consultations were published covering zero-emissions vehicles, maritime autonomy and remote operations, future of flight, regulatory sandboxes and modernising vehicle standards.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps MP set out a raft of proposals, including initiatives to capitalise upon an expanding electric vehicle charging infrastructure and emerging aviation technology.


With the next ten years expected to see radical change in the transport sector, the government has said that it wishes to ensure that the right framework is in place to drive innovation and maximise the benefits of new technologies across the UK.


Chief among the proposals under consideration are future plans for an expansive chargepoint network that will allow motorists to make the switch to electric in large numbers. The proposals would support more chargepoints along motorways, streets and at popular destinations and complement the government’s commitment to phase out the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030.


Describing the current era as “a hugely exciting time for transport in the UK”, the Transport Secretary said that electric vehicles would become the norm on Britain’s roads within the decade, as would autonomous and remotely operated vessels on the seas and new sustainable aviation technology in the skies.

“Supporting these innovations will not only ensure high standards for consumers,” he said, “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.”

Michelle Gardner, Head of Public Policy, Logistics UK, said: “With decarbonisation and big data on the near horizon, the logistics sector stands at the cusp of a revolution in the way it does business. These five consultations come at a pivotal time in our industry’s development and will help shape its future, potentially for the better. Logistics UK will be carefully reviewing each consultation before making a detailed response before the deadline of 22 November 2021.”


Published On: 07/10/2021 16:00:08


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