By Tony Winterburn • 16 November 2020 • 11:32
Rishi Sunak Considers ‘Pay Per Mile’ Plan as Car Ownership Declines.
New figures have revealed that young people have fuelled a decline in car ownership among nearly a third of England’s population, as they turn instead to electric scooters and bicycles, The number of private cars owned by individuals fell in areas that account for 31.5% of the population of England, which at last count was16 million people – according to figures released by the DVLA after a freedom of information request.
It is a trend seen largely in wealthy urban areas among adults aged 18 and over. Car ownership among nearly a third of England’s population has declined in the last decade. Scott Urban, director of Oxfordshire Liveable Streets, which campaigns for greener transportation, said: ‘These 16 million people are showing the way forward for a society with less pollution, noise and lower carbon emissions.’
More than 2.3 million people now live in areas where there is one car per five adults, as opposed to the start of the decade when the same statistic stood at 1.1 million. Car ownership was also affected by financial status. Areas with the largest decline in car ownership have an average house price of £325,000, compared with £215,000 in areas where ownership increased- an interesting and opposite trend compared to say 10 years ago.
London – which commands some of the highest property prices in the country – saw the biggest dip in car ownership. Environmental campaigners hailed the 16 million people ‘showing the way’ for less pollution Other areas that saw a decline include Newcastle, Nottingham, Brighton and Hove, Oxford, Birmingham and Exeter.
By contrast, less affluent areas of Liverpool accounted for nine of the 100 neighbourhoods where car ownership increased most rapidly in the last 10 years. Wealthy home counties and more rural areas also saw an upward trend. In a district near Camberley, Surrey Heath, there are 99 cars for every 100 adults, a rise of seven per cent n the past decade, while in Woolpit, Mid Suffolk, there is a car for every adult, up 29% in the past decade.
Rise or fall, there are now an estimated 40 million cars on Britain’s roads, a milestone reached in April of this year. Should the pay-per-mile scheme be approved, it would potentially provide the government with much-needed cash after paying for the worst crisis in UK history.
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