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People and vehicle licensing and ownership

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  • Release date: 22 October 2013
  • Period covered: 2012
  • Next update: 8 October 2014
An annual report which includes information on households without access to a car, people without a diving license, driving tests and vehicle parking badges.

Key points

  • Averaged over the two years 2011 and 2012, the National Travel Survey (NTS) shows that some 24 per cent of households in Wales did not own a car, 40 per cent owned one car and 36 per cent owned two cars.
  • On census day, 23 per cent of households in Wales did not have a car or van in the household.  This rises to 34 per cent of lone parent households, 45 per cent of one person households, 44 per cent of households that are social or private rented, and 35 per cent of non-white households, i.e. the household reference person belongs to an ethnic group other than white.
  • Averaged over the two years 2011 and 2012, the NTS suggests that some 80 per cent of men aged 17 and over had a driving licence, compared with 67 per cent of women.
  • There were 59 thousand practical driving tests administered in Wales in 2012-13.  This is 6 thousand fewer than in 2011-12 and 28 thousand fewer than in 2006-07, the most recent peak year for tests in Wales.
  • The number of vehicle parking badges on issue at 31 March 2013 was 202 thousand to individuals and 1,500 to institutions.


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