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PUBLIC TRANSPORT CONFIDENCE DROPS IN THE UK

PUBLIC TRANSPORT CONFIDENCE DROPS IN THE UK

Posted by Matt Bell on 24th November 2020

More than half of UK drivers say having access to a car is more important than it was before the coronavirus pandemic, with public transport confidence at an 18-year low.

The RAC’s annual Report on Motoring found 57 per cent of people believe having access to a car was more important than it was before March. Two-thirds of drivers in three specific groups – young drivers, those with fewer than 10 years’ driving experience and people living in London – are all significantly more likely to say they need a car more now than they did before Covid-19.

For the first time since 2002, fewer than half of drivers (43 per cent) say they would use their cars less, even if public transport was improved – a sharp decline from 57 per cent in 2019, resulting in public transport confidence dropping.

RAC spokesperson Rod Dennis said: ‘Even with lower traffic volumes, the pandemic appears to have reinforced the bond between drivers and their cars – with public transport less attractive than ever.”

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