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 Third CONNECT Workshop: Future Vehicle Requirements for Flexible Transport Services

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Tomorrow’s transport needs to be flexible and adaptable. This is also true for the vehicles. How should these be made more accessible? Is low floor the only option? Can we accommodate more fuel efficient, environment friendly drive systems? If so, how reliable are they and what is the cost?

This workshop - held at the CTA Event, Wednesday 9 November 2005, Manchester, UK -  aimed to bring together all sectors involved to debate future specification requirements for accessible MultiPurpose Vehicles, including taxis and minibuses. Leading figures from research organisations, operators, manufacturers and policymakers from the UK and other parts of Europe gave their views.

The morning session started with an introduction on the importance of vehicle development for future flexible transport needs, a review of appropriate vehicle types for various applications and development opportunities and challenges. Presentations then followed of different stakeholders' views.

The afternoon session opened with a break out into two parallel work streams which were each given a set of questions to tackle on:

  • Passenger and authority requirements
  • Operator, driver and manufacturer requirements

The final part of the workshop reviewed the regulatory framework and brought together the issues arising from the debate on the requirements for future designs and explore the way forward.

Anyone responsible for specifying and purchasing accessible MPVs, minibuses and taxis, policy makers, service users, officers from funding bodies, vehicle and component manufacturers.

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