54% of people in a new government survey disagreed with the idea that people should be allowed to use their cars as much as they like, even if it causes damage to the environment. Only 8% strongly agreed with the statement.
However, depsite these good intentions less than 20% are willing to cut their car use. In particular the survey found;
- Over half of people agreed that they would like to reduce their car use but find there are no practical alternatives.
- Of those in full time education or work 63% usually use a car or motorbike, 18% walk or cycle, 17% use public transport and 2% work from home.
- Three quarters of people believe that if most people in the UK recycled more, cut down on their car use or flew less it would have a major or medium impact on the UK’s contribution to climate change.
- 60% of those questionned believe that people are willing to recycle more, but less than a fifth believe people would use the car less or fly less, illustrating how difficult it can be for transport to make its contribution to reducing climate change.
This is yet another opinion survey that demonstrates a willingness to act, which falls short of success in reality. The issues are now well discussed, but motorists need the incentives and other transport alternatives which will enable them to make the change, that so many agree is required.