The UK is “car-dependent”

The number of people holding a full driving licence in the UK has increased in recent years and less people are using buses, new research from the RAC Foundation has found.

According to a survey by the group, the period from 1993 to 2005 saw an increase in the number of motoring licences from 67 per cent to 72 per cent, while the use of buses outside of London dropped by 13 per cent.

This, believes the RAC Foundation’s research development manager Elizabeth Dainton, means the UK is still a "car-dependent" country where travellers tend to stick to what they know best.

"The fact that 50 per cent of people have never used a bus shows that buses are not a suitable or attractive proposition for many people," she said.

It was also discovered that car use tends to peak with people aged between 35 and 44 years old.

In related news, the RAC Foundation is currently conducting a survey aimed at finding out drivers’ experiences of parking in London.

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