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Transport decisions could have ‘profound impact’ on future, LGA warns

Local government will be pivotal in shaping how transport technology fits and develops in communities, the LGA has said.

In its new paper, ‘Clean, connected and in-control: What tomorrow’s transport technology could mean for councils’, the LGA explores the major transition in cars and road vehicle technology, warning that it is important that local government is a part of this discussion.

The paper examines the developments that can be expected and how innovative councils are getting involved in trials and the issues that all councils will need to address in the future.

It also calls for engagement from different groups with an involvement in the area to feed ideas in and to help better understand the potential of future transport technologies.

Decisions taken now could have a “profound impact” on the future, the LGA said.

Cllr Martin Tett, the LGA’s transport spokesman, explained: “Local government needs to be active in the conversation about the future of transport technology.

“If we are able to work in partnership with business, manufacturers and regulators, this technology could be harnessed to solve some of the most complex issues that we face.”

He said that from a local leadership perspective, there is a significant potential for public good from this technological revolution, but that “the opportunities need to be grasped and challenges overcome”.

“Decisions taken now could have profound impacts on the shape of our communities. The role of local leaders is to reflect on how technological trends could affect their area and how these developments could be harnessed to solve other problem,” he added.


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