Can technology and a new travel record solve the NTS's problems?

The National Travel Survey (NTS) is an annual household survey conducted by the National Centre for Social Research (Nat Cen) for the UK Department for Transport (DfT). In the survey, respondents are interviewed face-to-face and are then asked to complete a seven-day travel record. The DfT has published research that aims to improve the accuracy of the survey. The research highlighted inaccuracies in the recording of walking trips, particularly in under reporting. The research showed that many of the sample group only skimmed the instructions and had a tendency to skip parts of the form and to miss out some journeys. The travel record in the 2007 survey will be simpler to understand and complete. Nat Cen has been involved in a DfT study of the feasibility of using new technology to improve data accuracy, e.g. the use of MapPoint, GPS, mobile phone technology, and internet-based data entry.


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  • Accession Number: 01045840
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Apr 5 2007 12:23PM