The Transport Committee within the House of Commons has agreed to publish its Eighth Report of Session 2017–19 regarding Mobility as a Service (MaaS) on 19 December 2018.
The Transport Committee is charged by the House of Commons with scrutiny of the Department for Transport. Its formal remit is to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Transport and its associated public bodies.
Faster fixed and mobile access to the internet and data services have changed how people communicate, find information and shop. They have also increased people’s choices over how, where and when they access online content and services. Interest is growing among transport operators, academics, planners and policy makers about the effect this shift in consumer behaviour could have on the provision of transport services.
An idea that is already being piloted abroad and in the UK is Mobility as a Service (MaaS). MaaS is the term for the digital platforms (often smartphone apps) through which people can access a range of public, shared and private transport, using a system that integrates the planning, booking and paying for travel.
This Report is intended to
- increase public awareness of what MaaS is;
- show policy makers why it could be important and is worth investing time and effort to understand; and
- clarify the Department for Transport’s (DfT) role in shaping its development in the UK
Read the full report on the Transport Committee’s page here.