Private cars are inefficient. But shared and lighter vehicles are booming.
UITP defines shared vehicles as those used by multiple individuals, either on a rental basis or through a peer-to-peer model. This generally includes free floating and docked/station-based shared vehicles that can be utilised on a pay per kilometre or pay per minute basis through a digital application. Shared vehicles refer primarily to shared e-scooters, bicycles, and cars.
Shared cars are simply more efficient. According to a UITP report every car-sharing vehicle in Bremen, Germany for example, replaces – or prevents the purchase of – 16 privately-owned vehicles. Thus the car-sharing opportunities studied account for approximately 5,000 fewer vehicles taking up space on Bremen’s streets and parking spaces. As of January 2023, more than 7,500 cars have been removed from Bremen’s streets due to car-sharing, freeing up nearly 40km of street space
Micromobility meanwhile, takes up even less space. On short distances, it can replace the car completely. Meanwhile for longer distances, it can feed the public transport network, providing first and last mile solutions for travelers.
To bring the players in this sector together, we are launching a new Shared Mobility Division. UITP’s Shared Mobility Division includes a Shared Vehicles Committee. UITP committees bring together selected professionals from their sectors. They are the active working bodies of UITP and work on peer-to-peer exchanges and creation of knowledge for the sector.
In the Shared Vehicles Committee, the UITP includes: