French firms ordered to create mobility plans
All French companies with more than 100 employees will have to create formal mobility plans by 2018 or face sanctions including official warnings and a ban from bidding for government contracts. Companies will have to ensure they have a written strategy to minimise the environmental impact of employee travel, including the promotion of clean vehicles and access to public transport. The policy is included in wide-ranging energy transition legislation
which was approved by the National Assembly last week. It puts businesses at the forefront of the shift to cleaner transport options. Companies must provide evidence of their plans to local authorities and offer a long-term strategy to cut greenhouse gas emissions. This could include creating parking spaces and charging facilities for green vehicles, encouraging car sharing, allowing employees to work from home and video-conferencing instead of travelling to meetings. Companies can promote cycling by providing facilities for riders such as storage, changing rooms and showers. Local authorities will be in charge of ensuring that companies develop plans and will also issue warnings if businesses do not comply. From 2019, companies will not be able to bid for government contracts unless they have proof of a mobility plan. The announcement may allow OEMs to generate new opportunities in the business market. Many OEMs are responding to the changing transport environment by refocusing their strategies on becoming mobility providers. Toyota has invested
in ride-hailing app firm Uber, Volkswagen Group has partnered with Gett
and General Motors has a strategic alliance
with Lyft. This month, Renault officially launched Renault Mobility
, its own car-sharing solution targeted at fleet operators. PSA Group has launched Free2Move
, a new parent brand for all its mobility solutions.