Car and van availability 26 Dec 2012

Relentless rise in car and van ownership

The number of households with four or more cars has soared by 51 per cent to nearly half a million over the past decade.

Overall, the number of households with two or more cars or vans has up nearly a fifth (18 per cent).

Of the 348 local authorities in England and Wales, East Dorset District Council has the highest number of cars and vans per head of population.

For every thousand people – men, women and children - living in the East Dorset council area there are 694 cars.

This compares with an average of 487 cars and vans per thousand people across England and Wales as a whole.

At the other end of the scale Hackney has the fewest at 170 cars and vans per thousand people.

The work also shows that Hart District Council in Hampshire has the highest proportion of households with two or more cars, followed by South Northamptonshire, Surrey Heath and Uttlesford.

The data can be viewed by individual local authority by viewing this interactive map.

The figures are revealed in analysis by the RAC Foundation of the just-released 2011 Census data and comparison with similar figures from the 2001 Census.

The table below shows the top ten local authorities in England and Wales based on car ownership:

Local Authority

Number of cars per thousand people in 2011

% change since 2001

Council wealth ranking

East Dorset

694

9.0

84

South Northamptonshire

685

9.6

57

Stratford-on-Avon

674

6.6

46

Cotswold

670

8.7

66

Maldon

669

8.5

124

Hart

667

3.7

12

South Bucks

666

3.0

20

Malvern Hills

664

10.5

70

East Hampshire

664

8.7

49

Uttlesford

663

4.6

41

Note: The wealth index is based on the percentage of people in higher managerial, administrative and professional occupations.

The table below shows the bottom ten local authorities in England and Wales based on car ownership:

Local Authority

Number of cars per thousand people in 2011

% change since 2001

Wealth ranking

Hackney

170

-23.6

117

Tower Hamlets

172

-15.6

52

Islington

187

-21.1

16

Newham

198

-16.4

319

Southwark

210

-18.3

52

Camden

212

-16.2

10

Lambeth

220

-19.2

37

Westminster

223

-18.2

5

City of London

229

-14.9

1

Hammersmith and Fulham

240

-18.8

12

       

The table below shows the top ten local authorities in England and Wales based on two-car households:

Local Authority

% of 2+ car households in 2011

% change in 2+ car households since 2001

Wealth ranking

 

Hart

57

3.2

12

 

South Northamptonshire

56

8

57

 

Surrey Heath

56

1.3

24

 

Uttlesford

54

6

41

 

Wokingham

54

1.9

8

 

South Bucks

54

1.3

20

 

Chiltern

53

1.7

14

 

East Hampshire

52

6

49

 

Harborough

51

5.6

52

 

Daventry

51

6.6

84

 

 

The table below shows the bottom ten local authorities in England and Wales based on two-car households:

Local Authority

% of 2+ car households in 2011

% change in 2+ car households since 2001

Wealth ranking

 

Hackney

5

-31.5

117

 

Islington

5

-29.3

16

 

Tower Hamlets

5

-19.6

52

 

City of London

6

4.5

1

 

Southwark

7

-24.8

52

 

Westminster

7

-16.5

5

 

Camden

7

-13.9

10

 

Lambeth

8

-26.4

37

 

Hammersmith and Fulham

8

-26.3

12

 

Kensington and Chelsea

10

-5.9

3

 

Ends

Contacts:

RAC Foundation:

Philip Gomm – Head of External Communications

Philip.gomm@racfoundation.org  | 020 7747 3445 | 020 7389 0601 (ISDN) | 07711 776448

Notes to editors:

The RAC Foundation is a transport policy and research organisation which explores the economic, mobility, safety and environmental issues relating to roads and their users. The Foundation publishes independent and authoritative research with which it promotes informed debate and advocates policy in the interest of the responsible motorist.

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