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More women drivers reported by latest UK Travel Survey

The main (provisional) findings of the Department of Transport's 2002 Travel Survey include more car trips by Britain's drivers, more women drivers, and a rise in older people with driving licences.

Twenty-eight per cent of households in Great Britain did not have access to a car in 2002, compared with 32 per cent in 1991/1993. Only 20 per cent of people lived in households without a car as households without cars tend to be smaller than average.

The proportion of women holding full car driving licences has increased from 53 to 61 per cent since 1991/1993, while the proportion of men holding licences has remained at 81 per cent. Licence holding among those aged 60-69 rose from 57 to 70 per cent over this period.

Car travel accounted for four fifths of the total distance travelled. Overall, the distance travelled by car increased by 10 per cent over the last 10 years.

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