In the RSL Capibus telephone survey in June and July 1994, 4168 motorists in six European countries were asked to rank their main motoring concerns from a list of ten factors known to worry British drivers. The samples were weighted to represent the adult populations of the six countries. This article presents the results of this study, and includes a chart and a table, showing relative concerns about the ten motoring issues and making selected comparisons between countries and cities. These proportions are respectively: (1) the high cost of fuel for 49% (with 28% ranking this top); (2) income from fuel tax (38%); (3) the poor behaviour of other drivers (36%); (4) congestion (26%); and (5) the effects of cars on the environment 15% (with only 3% ranking this top). The issues that concern motorists differ between countries, but also between urban and rural areas within each country. For example, the cost of fuel is more important in rural than urban areas. Men are usually slightly more concerned than women about costs, and women are markedly more concerned than men about the poor behaviour of other drivers, the risk of being injured in an accident, the effect of cars on the environment, and car crime. Some implications for UK transport policy are discussed, together with findings on road charges and tolls.

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    Hemming Group, Limited

    32 Vauxhall Bridge Road
    London,   United Kingdom  SW1V 2SS
  • Authors:
    • LAWSON, S D
    • BUTLER, A
    • DOWNING, E
  • Publication Date: 2000-1


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00790352
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Apr 11 2000 12:00AM