Transport ministers in government have backed calls to end private ownership of vehicles in a major overhaul.
But “greater flexibility” has been asked for over vehicle use with experts believing “shared transport” is the way forward.
Transport minister, Trudy Harrison, said any new proposals would be “fit for the future” of road travel. It could spark the beginning of the end of petrol and diesel car ownership as pressure rises to meet pollution targets, the Express reports.
She said the country needed to move away from its “20th-century thinking centred around private vehicle ownership”.
She added it was “staggering” almost two-thirds of trips were conducted by lone drivers.
Ms Harrison also added the UK was now at a “tipping point” where shared transport would soon be a “realistic option” for many.
She made the comments to delegates at the Collaborative Mobility UK transport conference.
She said: “[It will soon be a] realistic option for many of us to get around.
“Where mobility hubs become a familiar part of our street architecture, and where all these options will be available to book and pay for at the touch of a smartphone.
“The challenge is to move further and faster to make shared mobility less of a novelty and increasing the norm to make it as easy, as convenient and as accessible as possible.”
She added: “I think the benefits are really significant.
“From clean air to healthier populations to greater connectivity for more people, no matter where they live.”
The Government has repeatedly stressed the need to switch from a reliance on cars to other forms of transport.
Back in March, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said public transport would soon become the “natural first choice” instead of vehicles.
He said: “Public transport and active travel will be the natural first choice for our daily activities.
“We will use our cars less and be able to rely on a convenient, cost-effective and coherent public transport network.”
The Government’s Transport Decarbonisation Plan claimed journeys below five miles represented 58 percent of all private car journeys in 2019.
They said this was one of the “biggest opportunities” to switch short car journeys to cycling and walking.
The Transport Decarbonisation Plan also called for the development of more shared mobility schemes.
They said schemes like this would “offer an alternative to traditional mass transit”.
Schemes which could be introduced in time include more “car club” programmes.
These allow drivers access to cars for a short-term rental, often by the hour.
Peer to peer sharing is also an option, where privately owned vehicles can be rented out to drivers on a short-term basis.