The RAC Foundation in conjuction with Ipsos MORI has published the results of a survey that concluded over half of motorists would rather take the chance of getting stuck in a traffic jam rather than get on public transport. These findings are amongst a report called “The Congestion Challenge” which is a new survey on car use and congestion.
The survey found the following:
- 53% of drivers prefer being stuck in a traffic jam rather than having to use public transport.
- 77% however support increasing the number and frequency of buses to tackle traffic growth.
- 41% think congestion is a serious problem in their area however this has fallen from 63% in 1999.
- 61% think that congestion will rise over the next five years.
- 44% of drivers oppose any form of congestion charge for driving into city centres even if the money is spent on improving local transport. This has risen from 32% in 2001.
- Support for congestion charging schemes has also fallen from 54% to 41% over the same period.
Ben Marshall, who is the Research director of Ipsos MORI and a co-author of the report said “Perhaps the biggest challenge facing policy-makers and politicians is what to do next. In particular, should public opinion be followed, or led? Who should do this, and how?