BRITAIN’S STREETS and driveways have become the resting place of ‘ghost cars’ as motorists are abandoning their vehicles or dramatically cutting back on journeys in a desperate effort to save money.
The RAC estimates that there are now 2.9 million cars in the UK which are being used less than once a week*. One in seven respondents (14pc) said that their household owned a car which was only used occasionally, with the North East (22pc) and London (20pc) the areas where this was most common, probably due to their extensive public transport networks.
“Amazingly, one third of these unused cars are only one to two years old, meaning they are rapidly depreciating in value while they sit idle on the driveway” say the RAC.
In a study conducted by the RAC, 40pc of people said that they now use their cars less than they did a year ago, compared to just 14pc who said they drove more regularly. Almost half (45pc) of those cutting down on their driving said that this was due to financial concerns, meaning trips to visit family, friends and other parts of the country could be being sacrificed to save on fuel.
RAC technical director David Bizley says: “The fact that there are almost three million ‘ghost cars’ on Britain’s roads which are used less than once a week shows that UK motorists are being priced out of motoring. “This research backs up our belief that reducing fuel tax would in fact help generate more revenue for the Treasury and act as a catalyst for the British economy as a whole.”
Based on a survey of 1,359 people conducted by the RAC
14pc of respondents who said their household had a vehicle which was used less than once a week, multiplied by 20.5 million households in UK – http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/mro/news-release/workless-households-down-by-153-000-to-3-7-million/whnr0812.html