15 Jun 18

French mobility bill to boost digital mobility tools

A French mobility bill is in the works, aimed at opening up mobility data to travellers, creating new digital services and laying the groundwork for autonomous vehicles.

Elisabeth Borne, the French Transport Minister, said: "There is enormous potential in new technological and digital mobility tools that are more efficient and less expensive. These tools make it possible to travel in a simpler, more sustainable, more practical and safer way."

Lift obstacles

Ms Borne wants to achieve these goals by opening up mobility data within a European and national data protection framework. She also wants to lift regulatory obstacles that hinder experimentation, for instance in the development of autonomous vehicles.  Ms Borne also wants the government to finance innovative projects in fields like multi-modal ticketing or other MaaS applications. Lastly, the plan aims at creating a network of mobility innovators.

Under the new law, new smartphone applications should enable travellers to compare all available transport options (public transport, car sharing, taxi, bicycles, ...). These applications should be available by the year 2022.

No additional taxes

Parliamentary debate on the bill was originally planned for the spring of 2018. This date has not been met because of disagreement on the additional expenditure required to put into practice the 200-odd measures of the bill. In principle, the French government has sworn not to raise taxes and it remains unclear how the additional funding will be found. It now looks unlikely to be put through parliament before the end of the year or the start of next year.

Image: the bill includes measures designed to enable MaaS applications and public transport solutions.

Authored by: Benjamin Uyttebroeck