Car ownership grows fastest in the east

Tuesday, January 12, 2016


Car ownership is growing fastest in the East of England according to research.

The region saw the number of cars licensed per thousand head of population increase by 7% over the last five years compared with a national increase of 2%.

The number of licensed cars in Britain rose from 28.47m in 2011 to 30.23m in the third quarter of 2015 (the most recent data), taking the number of cars per thousand people to 482. 

The South East had the highest number of cars for its population, with 561 cars per thousand people, closely followed by the South West, with 558 per thousand.

London saw the number of licensed cars in the capital rise by almost 100,000 over the last five years, however the increase in the city’s population meant the number of cars per thousand people fell by 5%.

Roger Griggs, communications director at Kwik Fit which carried out the analysis, said: “Although London has seen the greatest fall in the number of cars per thousand people, it’s also notable that the West Midlands, for many years the traditional heart of the British motoring industry, also saw a drop in the number of cars per thousand people over the last five years. However, the region can take heart from the fact that its figure is still well above the national average.”

 Source: Kwik Fit


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