More Evidence of Peak Car: Percentage of Young People With Licences Is Way Down


Cars used to be such a big part of being young; The Beach Boys could fill an album with songs about it. But they are losing their allure; TreeHugger covered an earlier Canadian study that claimed Young People Want Apartments, Not Houses; iPhones, Not Cars; now a British study is coming to the same conclusion.


According to the Guardian:

In Britain, the percentage of 17- to 20-year-olds with driving licences fell from 48% in the early 1990s to 35% last year. The number of miles travelled by all forms of domestic transport, per capita per year, has flatlined for years. Meanwhile, road traffic figures for cars and taxis, having risen more or less every year since 1949, have continued to fall since 2007. Motoring groups put it down to oil prices and the economy. Others offer a more fundamental explanation: the golden age of motoring is over.

One 24 year old explains why she rides a bike instead of driving:

"It's cheap, keeps me fit, and is of course better for the environment."

An editor at a car magazine notices the trend:

Car manufacturers are worried that younger people in particular don't aspire to own cars like we used to in the 70s, 80s, or even the 90s. Designers commonly say that teenagers today aspire to own the latest smartphone more than a car. Even car enthusiasts realise we've reached a tipping point.

Or it all may be as simple as the fact that cars are really expensive to own and operate. There are tough times. More in the Guardian
More on living without a car:
More Proof We've Hit Peak Car Use?
Being Carless in America is Like Second-Class Citizenship
Selling the SUV: Do the Hardest Things First

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