Technology Guide launched to benefit local authorities

February 24 2017

New guidance designed to help local authorities understand the opportunities and challenges they will face in the coming years as a result of rapidly accelerating advances in transport technology is now available.

The second edition of the Institution of Engineering & Technology’s ‘Local Authority Guide to Emerging Transport Technology’ has been launched in association with ITS (UK).

The updated guide is targeted at local government officers, elected members and their consultants and explains how technology can aid delivery of a range of policy objectives, from reducing emissions to assisting smooth traffic flows.

Furthermore the guide features a variety of case studies demonstrating how innovative technologies are already being used to improve local transport services around the country.

IET President Jeremy Watson, said: “It is important that as new technologies emerge, local authorities are aware of the latest developments and are supported in obtaining the right information on whether such technology is the right option for them.”

“By exploring new procurement models and encouraging local authorities to specify technology in a more informed way, the report aims to help local authorities do more for less,” he adds.

Also contributing his comments to the guide, ITS (UK) president Steven Norris writes: “There is no doubt that emerging transport technologies have the potential to provide local transport authorities with important tools to deliver their policy objectives.”

But he points out that cuts to staffing budgets and competition for competent ITS specialists make it difficult for those authorities to be ‘intelligent clients’. “Organisations such as ITS United Kingdom and the IET can and should help,” he adds.

Speaking at a launch event at the IET, Chair of the guide’s working group Darren Capes and the IET’s transport lead Anna Bonne explained that the new guide will be a “living, evolving web based resource”, incorporating new guidance and case studies as innovative technologies continue to emerge.

Download the Guide here.