Every picture tells a story and the same applies with graphs. The chart below illuminates just how much the running costs of motoring have increased over time, over and above the rate of inflation. It is true that the cost of purchasing a car has fallen in relative terms leaving the ‘all motoring’ index pretty much in line with general inflation. However while a car purchase (such as changing vehicles) is often a discretionary spending choice which can be delayed, running a car tends not to be: you have to fill up the tank and insure your vehicles no matter how severe your financial situation.
The second graph shows how public transport fares have changed. They too have risen above inflation but not by as much as the running costs of cars.
Perhaps the main, depressing, conclusion to be drawn is that all travellers have seen costs shoot up.
Note: data comes from Office of National Statistics CPI charts.