Car commuting can be reduced sharply by alternatives like MaaS
Interest in Mobility as a Service (MaaS), a mobility concept where consumers use various means of transport via a single subscription, is rising among employers.
This is evident from a new study by the Federal Public Service (FOD) Mobility and Transport. The implementation of MaaS could significantly reduce car use for commuting purposes.
Travel as a service
MaaS consists of two elements: an app for employees to organize their travel and an internet platform for employees that allows for efficient handling of the mobility options.
In the MaaS concept, travel is also seen as a form of service, in which user comfort is central, and people do not need to own a means of transport to get everywhere. The results show that there is a great willingness to work on alternatives for commuting by car.
However, there are some conditions attached. Firstly, MaaS must be in line with the employment conditions. In certain companies, where the employer’s intervention is broader than a public subscription, more is possible. Consequently, the opportunities are greater in the private sector than in governmental and non-profit institutions.
Furthermore, there must be sufficient viable alternatives to car use. MaaS must also focus on services, such as sharing or rental bikes (classic or electric), breakdown assistance, and refueling or recharging vehicles.
Minister wants to make it more accessible
“More and more people combine different means of transport, or they choose, depending on what they need at the time,” says Georges Gilkinet (Ecolo), Federal Minister for Mobility. “Seeing mobility as a service, without it being limited to your own car, offers more flexible and comfortable solutions in daily life.”
The Minister, therefore, wants to make MaaS more accessible for everyone, especially for commuter traffic. “By fully supporting the dynamics of this evolving sector, I want to contribute to the development of MaaS in Belgium and help build freer mobility.”
“MaaS is also good for our planet and the climate, through innovative solutions to environmental challenges,” the Minister concludes.