Motor insurance: Manchester drivers wouldn"t surrender cars

Friday, 21 September 2007

Although the price of city centre driving soon mounts up with purchases such as motor insurance and parking, it seems that Manchester drivers are unwilling to give up on their creature comforts.

A new study by the North West Regional Assembly (NWRA) found that 55 per cent of people prefer their cars to any other form of transport. Furthermore, one in three said they never utilise public transport.

The survey also revealed that just seven per cent of the population of Greater Manchester uses public transport every day, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Michael Gallagher, director of transport for the NWRA, expressed his hope that the study would provoke thought among drivers because of the greenhouse gases emitted by cars.

"The point of our research is not to tell people how to live their lives but to give us an insight into their transport habits and what their attitudes are towards public transport," he told the publication.

This week is European Mobility Week, an EU-wide initiative aiming to promote alternative transport.

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