Drivy has commissioned a recent survey to over 4,000 European residents that has shown that across Europe, London is leading the way in reducing private car ownership and tackling congestion.
Drivy’s research shows that significantly, 84% of Londoners would consider using their car less and 43% would consider getting rid of their car completely, which shows more willingness than other European cities, compared to only 28% in Madrid and 27% in Berlin who would say goodbye to their personal vehicle.
The research’s outcome also showed that Londoners acknowledge the need for car sharing and convenient transport links before they’d be willing to ditch their car, with 41% requesting improved public transport in their city, followed by 26% wanting access to car sharing services in their area.
Across Europe, cars were deemed least necessary by people in Paris (46%), followed by London (55%) and Berlin (59%). Driving a car is not the most frequent mean of transport but remains necessary for occasional reasons, with the top reasons for London residents being UK weekend trips (60%), the weekly food shop (57%) followed by leisure activities, including sport and cultural days out (51%).
Three quarters of Londoners have a positive opinion of car sharing and think that car sharing could help improve travel. Clearly, the opportunity to lose the responsibility and cost of owning a car appeals to inner city Londoners seeking a day or weekend trip out of London.
84% of those surveyed in London said that their quality of life would improve with fewer cars on the road. With the space this would create, almost all Londoners (90%) wanted to see more green spaces and parks. This was closely followed by more pedestrianised areas (84%) and space for community activities for sports and youth clubs (84%).
Katy Medlock, Head of UK for Drivy, commented, “The attitude towards car sharing in London is setting a strong example to the rest of Europe, with motorists voicing they would like change and are open to altering their car ownership habits, if car sharing is accessible to them.”
“This attitude is a step in the right direction, however, there is still an awareness piece to do in order to adopt a sensible and efficient approach to car ownership. Although the majority of people in London would associate car sharing with an improvement to quality of life and 76% of residents would like more car sharing, 46% of Londoners say they still use their car several times a week, with half of those (23%) driving every day. Cars may be necessary for some journeys, but having one all the time isn’t worth it, not for our cities, environment nor our health,” concluded Medlock.