NEW analysis of the nation’s car ownership has revealed that it is growing fastest in the East of
NEW analysis of the nation’s car ownership has revealed that it is growing fastest in the East of England.
The region saw the number of cars licensed per thousand head of population increase by seven per cent over the last five years, according to a survey by Kwik Fit.
This growth is the fastest of any region and compares with a national increase of two per cent.
The number of licensed cars in Britain rose from 28.47million in 2011 to 30.23 million in the third quarter of 2015 (the most recent data), an increase of six per cent.
Taking the rise in the national population over the same period into account, the number of cars per thousand head of population has risen by two per cent, from 471 to 482 — just under one car for every two people.
The South East is the region with the highest number of cars for its population, with 561 cars per thousand people, closely followed by the South West, with 558 per thousand.