Has car ownership and use peaked?

Interesting article in the Guardian going through the stats on how car ownership and use in cities is dropping, particularly amongst the young.

According to Glenn Lyons, founder of the Centre for Transport and Society at the University of the West of England: “Young people have stood out particularly. Car licence acquisition has been going down among younger age groups, and there are strong suspicions that the digital age is contributing to why people now have less reliance on physical mobility. We are in the midst of a fundamental regime transition in society. We are increasingly seeing the car as a functional technology to get from A to B, rather than the much more symbolic representation it had in defining society in previous generations. That is not to suggest the car is done and finished with, but I believe it will become a background technology.”

Not sure what’s going to happen in rural areas like ours.

About Alison Kidd

Research Psychologist
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