Publications
  • Intelligent vehicles: a public attitude survey 04 Oct 2017

    Half (50%) of Britons are concerned about future driver-assistance technologies taking too much control away from the driver.  This compares with just one in five (20%) who are unconcerned.
  • London draft transport strategy - Mayor's consultation response 02 Oct 2017

    The RAC Foundation has welcomed Sadiq Khan's ambitious draft transport strategy but is concerned that the target of dramatically reducing car journeys in the capital will be a "mighty challenge". The
  • The implications of internet shopping growth on the van fleet and traffic activity 18 May 2017

    The huge growth in UK van numbers is not being solely driven by people turning to online shopping. While there are now at least 3.7 million vans on the road, fewer than one in twenty-five (4%) are
  • Readiness of the road network for connected and autonomous vehicles 07 Apr 2017

    The arrival of self-driving and connected cars will add weight to the case for improved highway maintenance, not only to tackle the huge backlog, but also to ensure the associated communication and
  • Council parking revenue in Scotland 2015/16 06 Apr 2017

    Local authorities in Scotland made a £40.3 million surplus or ‘profit’ from their parking activities in 2015-16. This is 12% higher than in the 2014-15 financial year when £36.1 million was reported.
  • Council parking revenue in England 2015/16 09 Dec 2016

    The surplus produced from council parking operations in England has reached a record high of more than three quarters of a billion pounds. In the 2015/16 financial year the 353 local authorities in
  • Click and deliver - e-commerce changes travel behaviour 05 Dec 2016

    More than 7 in 10 (71%) British adults aged 16-75 say they have shopped online within the last three months. The average UK household now places around 2.5 online orders per month – the
  • Council parking revenue in Wales 2015/16 17 Nov 2016

    Local authorities in Wales made a combined surplus – or ‘profit’ - of £13.8 million on their parking activities in the last financial year. 
  • Driving as an employment qualifiction 20 Apr 2016

    Almost one in six jobs requires the applicant to be able to drive. The RAC Foundation has studied a snapshot of the government’s employment database and found that of the
  • Parking machine

    Council parking revenue in Scotland 2014/15 01 Apr 2016

    Local authorities in Scotland made a £36.1 million surplus or ‘profit’ from their parking activities in 2014/15. This is 6% higher than in the
  • Lower Thames Crossing consultation response 24 Mar 2016

    The RAC Foundation response to the Highways England consultation on a new Lower Thames Crossing.
  • Connected car

    Connected drivers - a public attitude survey 31 Dec 2015

    Three in five drivers would be happy to use a ‘vehicle safe mode’ on their mobile phones and other electronic devices they bring into their car in order to avoid being distracted. The
  • Council parking revenue in England 2014/15 07 Dec 2015

    English councils have made another record surplus from their parking activities, hitting almost £700 million.
  • Where next for autonomous vehicles? 02 Dec 2015

    Driverless cars are not just part of an imagined future street scene; they exist today. Yet it’s an enormous leap from the prototypes being put through their paces under test conditions to a
  • Council parking revenue in Scotland 2013/14 25 May 2015

    Local authorities in Scotland made a £33.6 million surplus or ‘profit’ from their parking activities in 2013/14, the last financial year for which data is available. This is just
  • Private parking, public concern 20 Feb 2015

    Hundreds of thousands of drivers are likely to have been illegally penalised for overstaying their welcome whilst parked on private land. The motorists could be entitled to repayments totalling many
  • Young adults and driving in the UK 24 Dec 2014

    Since the mid-1990s there has been a decline in car use among young adults, especially among young men. This decrease is associated with both a reduction in the proportion of young adults who hold a
  • On the move Wales: car, train and bus travel trends 22 Dec 2015

    Twenty-first century car use in Wales is more in keeping with historical experience than the rest of Great Britain according to a new report published today.
  • Council parking revenue in England 2013/14 12 Dec 2014

    English councils have made another record surplus from parking. In 2013-14 councils in England generated a combined ‘profit’ of £667 million.
  • Moving cities: the future of urban travel 01 Dec 2014

    Within twenty years there could be another seven million drivers in the UK meaning that, if current trends persist, the total will leap from about 36 million to 43 million. 
  • Generation Next - pre-driver travel behaviour 07 Nov 2014

    Since the sharp decrease since the 1990s in car use by young adults, we explore the extent to which similar trends have taken place among pre-driving age young people.
  • Council parking revenue in Wales 2012/13 17 Apr 2014

    Between them the 22 parking authorities in Wales made a surplus (‘profit’) of £8.7 million in 2012/13.
  • Van travel trends in Great Britain 10 Apr 2014

    The number of vans on Britain’s roads has been rising more than 2.5 times quicker than cars.
  • Council parking revenue in England 2012/13 23 Dec 2013

    English councils have made another record surplus from their parking activities.
  • Queue of cars

    The car and the commute 02 Dec 2013

    16.7 million people in England and Wales travel to work by car or van. This is 62.7% of the employed population aged 16-74.
  • Council parking revenue in England 2011/12 01 Aug 2013

    Figures analysed by the RAC Foundation show the vast majority of local authorities in England generate a surplus from their parking activities.
  • Driving safely for life 23 Sep 2013

    The number of older people with driving licences has exceeded the four million mark.
  • Ploughing on - winter resilience review 10 May 2013

    A combination of more frequent and more extreme weather events will mean drivers having to change their habits and expectations.
  • On the move: car and rail travel trends 03 Dec 2012

    How much are we travelling as a nation? More to the point, who is travelling? What changes have there been over time? What might happen in the future?
  • Car rental: an industry perspective 28 Nov 2012

    This think piece summarises the findings from a joint seminar held by the RAC Foundation and British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) in July 2012 on alternatives to car ownership
  • Fuels, cars and drivers: the facts 02 Oct 2012

    It is sometimes easy to forget just how important road transportation - especially that carried out by car - is to the citizens and commerce of this country.
  • Spaced out: perspectives on parking policy 17 Jul 2012

    The rise in the number of vehicles and the shortage of parking spaces means millions of front gardens have been paved over to make room for cars.
  • Car rental 2.0 02 Jul 2012

    The success of the Boris bike scheme in London could pave the way across the UK for one-way car clubs based on the same idea.
  • Alternative forms of car ownership across the globe 06 Jan 2012

    In 2011, the RAC Foundation commissioned Sally Cairns (TRL & UCL) and Clare Harmer (TRL) to write a report on international examples of alternatives to the most common way of accessing cars
  • HS2: a critical analysis (think piece) 04 Dec 2011

    HS2 - the proposed high-speed rail link between London and Birmingham - is officially judged to return £1.60 for every pound spent on the scheme.
  • Keeping the nation moving 21 Nov 2011

    There will be at least four million more cars on the UK’s roads in the next twenty years as the population surges by more than ten million.
  • Green for go. The role of traffic lights 28 Feb 2011

    Ever think you are spending more time sitting at the lights? Well you probably are, because the number of sets of traffic lights in Britain jumped by some 30 per cent between 2000 and 2008.
  • Cars - to buy or not to buy? 17 Feb 2011

    There are already 28 million cars in the UK, the majority of them privately owned. And this number is likely to rise if the population grows as it is projected to.
  • Keeping older drivers mobile 07 Feb 2011

    Official figures show that of today's population an astonishing ten million of us will live to see our 100th birthday.
  • Road sharing 19 Jan 2011

    Some rivalries are enduring. Manchester United fans despise Manchester City fans. Die-hard Labour supporters cannot abide Conservatives. And it seems many car drivers loathe cyclists – a
  • How Britons get about 15 Oct 2010

    The car continues to dominate the traveling lives of the British public. Whilst there has been a marked increase in bus use in London, this is the exception.
  • Transport - lessons from the last decade 15 Oct 2010

    William Rickett is a former civil servant who worked at board level in five government departments including Transport and Energy & Climate Change.
  • Transport as a service 23 Sep 2010

    Earlier this year the RAC Foundation commissioned MRC McLean Hazel to carry out research into the potential of moving towards a more integrated, retail-like system of transport where it is provided
  • Rail Use in Great Britain 17 Sep 2010

    The RAC Foundation has commissioned Professor Joyce Dargay from the Institute for Transport Studies at the University of Leeds to analyse the frequency of rail use in Great Britain.
  • International modal comparisons 20 Aug 2010

    Despite frequent discussions about the significant difference between countries and their transport usage the car remains the dominant method of travel for all nine of the countries assessed in this
  • On-street parking 17 Aug 2010

    Councils must resist the temptation to use on-street parking charges as a way of raising money simply to balance their books.
  • Winter resilience review 26 Jul 2010

    In the wake of the extreme cold weather experienced during the winter of 2009/10 the Transport Secretary Lord Adonis asked David Quarmby - chairman of the RAC Foundation - to undertake an independent
  • Manifesto 2010 04 May 2010

    In a world where government has very little money and tough spending choices have to be made, it is important that decisions on expenditure should be based on facts and not faith. Choices should be
  • Mayor's draft transport strategy - a response 12 Jan 2010

    In October 2009 Boris Johnson invited people and organisations to respond to the draft Mayor's Transport Strategy for the capital.
  • Transport in London 01 Oct 2009

    It positions itself as one of the premier cities of the world, home to eight million people and cornerstone of the nation's economy.
  • Congestion in the UK 30 Jul 2009

    It is an unwelcome feature of modern life that most of us encounter at one time or another; congestion on Britian's roads.
  • Wheel clamping on private land 09 Jul 2009

    If there is one topic which has proved more emotive than any other for those members of the public who contact the RAC Foundation, this is probably it.
  • The Car in British Society 17 Apr 2009

    In 1995 the RAC Foundation published a report called Car Dependence highlighting the exent to which the motor car had pervaded modern life.
  • Car ownership 17 Oct 2008

    There have been persistant calls for a car scrappage scheme to operate in the UK, not least to boost the forunes of the car industry and rejuvinate the existing car parc.
  • Trafficmaster congestion report 2008 26 Aug 2008

    Britain’s roads are notorious for traffic jams, but a smart motorist can take steps to avoid them.
  • Trends in Modal Shift 15 Jul 2007

    We are just as car dependent today as we were in the early 1990s, according to the paper Trends in Modal Shift: An analysis of the British Social Attitudes Survey by David Leibling.
  • Motoring Towards 2050 15 Feb 2002

    Motoring Towards 2050 was commission following the fuel protests in 2000 to provide a long-term look at the future of motoring within transport policy over the next 50 years.
  • Weekly fuel fact sheet 16 Oct 2017

    Each week the RAC Foundation publishes its latest fuel fact sheet which sets out the latest pump prices, rates of fuel taxation and cost of crude oil. More detailed and interactive fuel charts are
  • Transport expenditure, taxes and subsidies in GB 07 Nov 2014

    Road users are now paying four times more money to the Chancellor in motoring taxation than is being spent by the government on the roads.
  • Road scheme audit 26 Jun 2013

    On the eve of the comprehensive spending review the latest RAC Foundation audit of English road building showed that progress has been made by government in improving capacity.
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  • Air quality and road transport 04 Jun 2014

    Ministers should consider introducing a new scrappage scheme aimed at taking the oldest and most polluting diesel cars off the road, argues the RAC Foundation.
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