Scottish Government collects new data on electric vehicles
Transport Scotland statisticians today released statistics on transport and travel in Scotland from the Scottish Household Survey 2016. The publication includes a range of statistics about the journeys people make, and how they travel.
This year, the publication includes the results of a set of new survey questions about electric cars or vans. Around 36 per cent of people indicated they would consider buying an electric car or van; 49 per cent said they would not. Of the people who had bought or would consider buying a plug-in electric car or vehicle, the main reason was that these vehicles are environmentally friendly and fuel or running costs. Of those who would not consider buying an electric car or van, the distance travelled on a charge and availability or convenience of charging points were the main reasons given.
The publication also includes the results of analysis on the accessibility of bus services in Scotland.
The proportion of adults travelling the previous day has remained roughly the same at 75 per cent. Cars/vans remained the most popular mode of transport and were used for just under two thirds of journeys. Walking and cycling accounted for another quarter and roughly 10 per cent were by public transport.
Most journeys were short in duration and distance, with more than half under 5 km in distance and over two thirds lasting less than 20 minutes. The median car journey was 6.6 km; the median walking journey was under 1km. The main reasons for travel were commuting and shopping, each accounting for over a fifth of all journeys made.
The statistics provide updates on progress against two of Scotland’s National Indicators on Congestion and on Public or Active Transport:
- 11.7 percent of driver journeys were perceived to be delayed due to congestion, a decrease from 12.4 per cent in 2015; as the percentage change is within the bounds set by the National Performance Framework, the arrow will show performance maintaining.
- 30.6 percent of journeys to work were by Public or Active transport, a decrease from 31.4 per cent in 2015; as the percentage change is within the bounds set by the National Performance Framework, the arrow will show performance maintaining.
The figures released today were produced by independent statistical staff free from any political interference, in accordance with professional standards set out in the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.
The full statistical publication is available on the Transport Scotland website: http://bit.ly/2qbgypZ