Banning car ownership may affect ‘vulnerable road users’ and would be a ‘monumental shift’

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Dan Powell, Senior editor at heycar has warned a switch to a shared car ownership model would require a “monumental shift” in drivers mindsets. He has warned there is “little appetite” for changing driving rules as this could only be done effectively in major cities.

A new study from heycar found the target majority of drivers were still not comfortable with using public transport.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said: “This proposal would require a monumental shift in the mindset of the British public.

“And I would argue there is little appetite for shared mobility on a scale such as this in 2022.

“We surveyed 1,000 drivers in September and more than half (52 percent) of commuters said they were going to avoid public transport when they returned to the office.

“When asked how they intend to commute, 47 percent of people we spoke to said by car.

“Bike share schemes, car clubs, shared rides and e-scooters might be feasible options for people in large towns and cities.

“But what about vulnerable road users and those who live in rural locations?

“Car ownership is a privilege for millions of people and I’ve yet to see any evidence that suggests Britain is willing to trade their vehicles in for a one-size-fits-all mobility solution.”

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His comments come just weeks after a Government transport minister backed calls to end the culture of car ownership in the UK.

Trudy Harrison said the country needed to move away from “20th-century thinking” around private car ownership

Instead, there should be a focus on “greater flexibility” and “low carbon shared transport”.

She added the UK was at a “tipping point” where shared mobility would be a “realistic option” for many.

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