Young People Abandoning Cars
In 1991, of New South Wales (Australia) kids aged 20-24, 79% had licences. By 2001 it had risen to 80%. Yet by 2008 it had crashed to just 51% and continues to decline. US same story: In 1978, nearly 50% of American 16-year-olds and 75% of 17-year-olds had driver’s licences, according to Department of Transportation data. In recent years, that has fallen to 31% of 16-year-olds and 49% of 17-year-olds, with the decline accelerating since 1998. Young people are more interested in digital gadgets these days than in cars. Could have something to do with deteriorating budgets.