Female car ownership thrives

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Since 1994, the number of private cars with a female registered keeper has increased by 70%

Since 1994, the number of private cars with a female registered keeper has increased by 70%

Women drivers have pushed their car ownership above 40% for the first time, according to new government statistics. Last year, across the UK, 9.8166 million women were registered with the DVLA as private car keepers compared to 14.5734 million men.

Since 1994, the number of private cars with a female registered keeper has increased by 70%. Their purchase of new private cars since the credit crunch has been more robust than men’s, down from 387,000 in 2007 to 363,900 in 2012, a fall of 5.97%. In the same period, new cars registered with male keepers annually fell from 575,400 to 475,100, down 17.43%.

Licence holders

In 1975/76, only 29% of women held a full driving licence. By 2011, of the 35 million holders of full driving licences, 16 million were women (46%).

Total vehicle numbers

The Vehicle Licensing Statistics 2012, published today by the Department for Transport, show that the total number of vehicles on UK roads continues to grow although at a much reduced level than before the credit crunch. Since 2008, the annual growth in licensed vehicles has averaged 0.5%, compared to 2.4% between 1996 and 2007.

It’s a trend that car manufacturers and dealers ignore at their peril

Edmund King, AA president

Comment

“Whereas male buyers have become unreliable in the new car market, demand from women has remained firm with their car ownership rising above 40% for the first time. It’s a trend that car manufacturers and dealers ignore at their peril,” says Edmund King, the AA’s president.

“Although the impact of recession continues to hit car use in the UK, the 7% fall in the number of buses in circulation since the 2005 peak is perhaps more worrying. As near-record fuel prices erode the ability of lower-income motorists to own and drive their cars, the scope for alternative transport dwindles. The loss of rural bus services has been particularly hard.”


(11 April 2013)

 

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