Our individual car mileage is on the decline, but traffic and congestion is on the rise, according to the new 2007 DfT Transport Statistics Great Britain (TSGB), released today. This trend suggests that it is population growth and the increasing numbers of older and younger people holding licences that is leading to grid lock across the country.
The statistics also shows that it costs the average UK motorist 6% more to maintain their car in 2006 than the previous year and the similar is true for fuels, which cost 5% more, both figures are significantly above the rate of inflation. On average, a motorist pays £63.80 in motoring costs per week, which surprisingly is a lower figure in relative terms to other types of transport. The statistics also show a slow down in newly registered vehicles, which may have implications for the objective of ‘greening the overall fleet’.
Looking to the future the statistics suggests that by 2025 33% more people than 2000 will own cars and there will be 40% more cars overall. Projections also suggest that if high fuel costs were introduced it could save 6.2million tonnes of CO2 by 2020 – but what impact would this have on other areas of life?
For more detailed statistics visit: DfT (2007) Transport Statistics Great Britain