Just banking quotes from a couple of things from my backlog.From the RAC:
The latest figures available show that out of average expenditure of ??473.60 in both car and non-car owning households expenditure, ??64.90 (14%) goes on transport, making it the single biggest area of expense.
Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said:
???Rightly, there is much concern about the four million households who need to spend more than 10% of their income to keep warm. Yet this figure is dwarfed by the 21 million households which spend over 10% on transport. For the average household transport is the single biggest outgoing, bar none.
???The situation is even starker when you look only at those homes which have a car or van. In these cases, the poorest fifth of households are spending at least 17% of income on a vehicle ??? leaving aside anything extra that goes on public transport.
???Just like heating our homes, most of us have to spend money on transport. There is no choice. While savings can be made at the margins by making fewer journeys and combining those which are essential, people have no option other than to go to work, visit the supermarket, see the doctor and take the children to school. That means paying for transport."
This morning the RAC Foundation launched a remarkably similar piece of analysis and used it to call for cheaper fuel across the UK. This ignores the fact that an increasing number of people are already excluded from car ownership as a result of extortionate costs.
Across the UK, transport poverty is a devastating reality for millions. Fuel prices are going up and will not be coming down. As the certainty of peak oil hits home, more and more of us will be priced out of car ownership and there will not be alternative options in place.
As things currently stand, car dependency is an assumed condition for the entire British population. This??means that the transport system and spending on transport is focused on providing for car journeys. Those people who do no have a car often find themselves without public transport options and will no facilities in place for them to walk or cycle.
The government???s approach is unfair and outdated:
??? About a quarter of households do not have a car
??? Traffic figures for cars and taxis, which rose more or less every year since 1949, have fallen continuously since 2007.
??? Over the last 20 years, 80-90 per cent of people have said they would find it very difficult to adapt to not having a car
??? Over two thirds of car trips in Britain are less than 5 miles ??? many of these should be possible by public transport, on foot or by bike. Current transport funding does not seek to make this a reality.