73% of the Great Britain population can drive (Cllr Aylen please note)

In two recent Public Transport and Buses Working Party meetings the Chair, Cllr Aylen (Independent Group, Belfairs). has stated that only 18% of the UK’s population can drive. On both occasions I expressed my disbelief with this statistic, doubting that it was anywhere near accurate.

I made a mental note in the most recent meeting (on Wednesday) to see if I could find the true figure.

The 2013 estimate for the population of Great Britain (which is the UK minus Northern Ireland) is 62,276,000.

According to Government statistics:

DVLA hold details of driving licence holders in Great Britain only. As of 30 September 2014, there were 45.5 million active driving records in GB.

This equates to 73% of the population. If you only include those that can drive (i.e. those that are neither too young nor too old) then this percentage increases.

In fact, it is possible that 18% represents the number that cannot drive.

I hope that Cllr Aylen does not repeat this particularly piece of misinformation again.

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One Response to 73% of the Great Britain population can drive (Cllr Aylen please note)

  1. Steve Aylen says:

    nice to see Julian was listening and as I know takes a very keen interest in public transport

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