Access to cars increases across the board
The public''s access to motor vehicles has increased steadily, according to newly released statistics.
While the rising cost of fuel and a renewed focus on environmental taxation has made driving more expensive, the Department for Transport (DfT) insists few people have been put off.
Issuing the findings of its 2007 National Travel Survey, the government body noted that the proportion of households that do not have access to a car has fallen to 25 per cent.
That compares with 30 per cent just one decade ago, and comes alongside a comparable increase in the number of households with two cars or more - up from 25 per cent to 32 per cent.
The statistics also show that more women are deciding to become motorists, with 63 per cent holding a valid driving licence compared to just 57 per cent ten years ago.
Finally, the DfT also revealed that the proportion of people aged 70 or over who can legally drive a vehicle has risen significantly - up from 38 per cent to 52 per cent.