UK more 'car-centric' than in 1988

Most Britons think people are more dependent on cars than they were 20 years ago, according to a major new survey.

Research by the RAC looked at current driver attitudes compared with how they perceived motorists in 1988. It found that 92% of people think the country is more car-focused than it was in the late 80s.

When questioned about current speed restrictions, the study showed 66% of motorists accept 30mph limits on local urban roads but more than half think motorways should be raised from 70mph to 80mph.

Almost twice as many motorists say they use buses, coaches and trams compared to 1988, with the use of trains by motorists having risen by 56%.

The survey also showed that since 1988 the number of households with a car has grown 39% - from 14 million to 19.5 million. And in the last two decades, the number of women drivers has risen from 10.2 million to 15.3 million

But rather worryingly for those concerned about the environmental impact of increased road use, the number of households with two or more cars has increased from 4.3 million to 8.4 million, while the total number of drivers has grown from 26.1 million to 33.7 million. And the survey showed that the total number of vehicles on the roads has gone up from 23.3 million to 34 million.

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