Cars – to buy or not to buy?17 Feb 2011

Access to cars - options other than buying

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. Already bad congestion will get worse. And there is every chance the cost of motoring – running a vehicle rather than purchase – will go up further following a long-term trend.

If ever there was a time to ask whether there is a better, cheaper way for people to access personal road transport then now is the time. That is what Dr Sally Cairns has done in her report for the RAC Foundation, Accessing Cars, Different Ownership and Use Choices.

Dr Cairns considers a whole range of alternatives to conventional ownership: from car clubs to schemes like Whip Car where drivers rent their neighbour’s vehicle; from car-sharing to taxis.