Drivers could receive ‘credits’ to ditch their cars under £20m Future Mobility plans

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A proposed ‘Future Mobility’ programme going before the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) on 22 March , could see drivers in the West Midlands paid ‘credits’ to swap their own personal vehicles in a bid to tackle congestion in the region.

Through this initiative, Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), part of the WMCA, hopes to incentivise people to use more public transport, car sharing and electric vehicle hire schemes.

TfWM says that this will not only help people save money, but through cutting the number of single-occupancy vehicles, it will also improve congestion.

Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, said: “The West Midlands leads the world in automotive research – we’re hosting autonomous vehicle trials in Wolverhampton, Birmingham and Coventry, electric taxis are manufactured in Coventry, and the Government is trusting us to blaze a trail for the UK as the first region to receive Future Mobility funding.

“We want to make it quick, easy and cheap for everyone to travel around the region by creating a range of reliable alternatives to private car ownership.

“People could leave their cars at home, or get rid of them altogether, and instead opt to take the Metro, train or bus to work, hire an electric vehicle to do their shopping, and share a taxi on a night out.

“This is a bold, ambitious vision for the future, and we’re confident we can prove the concept in the West Midlands and show the rest of the UK the way forward for the future.”

 

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