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Household car availability


Source: Department for Transport – National Travel Survey


  • The chart shows the percentage of households with either no car/van, one car/van and two or more cars/vans at timepoints from 1951 through to 2019.
  • Figures from 1985/86 are from the National Travel Survey. Earlier years are derived from other household surveys.
  • Figures prior to 1989 are for Great Britain, rather than England only.
  • Figures prior to 1995 are based on unweighted data.


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