‘Surge’ in female car ownership

‘Surge’ in female car ownership
The proportion of female car owners has jumped over the past two decades, according to new Government data.

Research from the Department for Transport (DfT) shows that more than two out of five cars in the UK are now owned by women drivers.

The findings show that women are now the registered keepers of 10.6 million private cars across the country. And the DfT added that this represents 41% of the overall total on Britain’s roads.

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The new data points to a sea-change in car ownership over the last 20 years or so. Back in 1994, when current records were first collated, only 32% of the nation’s cars were the property of female drivers.

In the past two decades, the number of cars owned by women has jumped at a rate of 66%. The corresponding increase for male drivers is only 23%, meanwhile.

Responding to the latest data from the DfT, Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said changing social trends are likely to be behind the figures.

He commented: “The increase in women drivers and car owners is a reflection of societal changes over many decades which has led to more women than ever being in employment and enjoying financial independence.”

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And Mr Gooding added: “If anything, the surprise in these figures is that women still only account for 41% of registered keepers, given that they make up over half the population.”

Across female and male drivers, the UK’s car manufacturers have enjoyed a successful few years. Recent data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has revealed that 562,337 new cars were registered in March 2017 alone.

The UK’s new car market enjoyed its biggest ever month in March, the SMMT said, growing by 8.4%. Fleet and business customers were the major contributors to the market’s growth last month, with registrations climbing by 12.6% and 11.9% respectively.

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