Car or van ownership

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1. Main facts and figures

  • in the 5 years from 2015 to 2019, an average of 19% of people had no access to a car or van – the same figure as from 2002 to 2006
  • White people were consistently more likely to live in a household with access to a car or van than any other ethnic group throughout the period covered by the data
  • Black people were more than twice as likely as White people to live in a household with no access to a car or van

2. Things you need to know

What the data measures

This data measures the percentage of people aged 17 and over in England who live in households with access to a car or van, by ethnicity.

Percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number and were calculated using unrounded figures.

Not included in the data

Percentages based on fewer than 100 people or 300 trips have not been included in the data. This is because the numbers are too small to make any reliable generalisations.

The ethnic groups used in the data

Data is shown for the following 5 aggregated groups:

  • Asian
  • Black
  • Mixed
  • White
  • Other

This is because the number of people surveyed was too small to make reliable generalisations about specific ethnic groups.

The data for ‘All ethnic groups’ includes people who did not give their ethnicity – this was 0.05% in the 5 years to 2019.

Methodology

Read the detailed methodology document (PDF opens in a new window or tab) for this data.

The data shows 5-year averages from April 2002 to March 2019. This is to make sure there are enough people to be able to make reliable generalisations. You can read more about why we combine multiple years of data and some of the issues involved.

The figures on this page are based on survey data. Find out more about interpreting survey data, including how reliability is affected by the number of people surveyed. Differences between ethnic groups have not been tested for statistical significance. The bullet points on this page only include findings about large differences.

National Travel Survey responses are weighted to take account of different population demographics. They are also weighted to take into account people who did not respond or complete their travel diary in full.

You can read more about how weighting is used to make survey data more representative of the group it is about.

In the data file

See Download the data for weighted and unweighted sample sizes.

3. By ethnicity over time

Percentage of people with no access to a car or van, by ethnicity over time
Time All Asian Black Mixed White Other
% % % % % %
2002/06 19 23 40 39 18 37
2003/07 19 23 42 38 18 38
2004/08 19 22 42 35 18 38
2005/09 19 22 41 35 18 41
2006/10 19 22 41 33 18 38
2007/11 19 24 42 36 18 38
2008/12 20 25 43 36 18 40
2009/13 20 24 43 36 18 38
2010/14 20 24 43 36 18 34
2011/15 19 24 42 35 18 37
2012/16 19 22 41 30 18 35
2013/17 19 21 41 30 18 35
2014/18 19 21 41 31 17 34
2015/19 19 21 40 33 17 33

Download table data for ‘By ethnicity over time’ (CSV) Source data for ‘By ethnicity over time’ (CSV)

Summary of Car or van ownership By ethnicity over time Summary

The data shows that:

  • in the 5 years from 2015 to 2019, an average of 19% of people lived in a household with no access to a car or van
  • Black people (40%) were most likely out of all ethnic groups to have no access to a car or van
  • this compares with 33% of people from the Other ethnic group, 33% of people with a Mixed ethnicity, 21% of Asian people and 17% of White people
  • figures for car or van access have remained broadly similar for most ethnic groups throughout the period covered by the data

4. Data sources

Source

Type of data

Survey data

Type of statistic

National Statistics

Publisher

Department for Transport

Publication frequency

Yearly

Purpose of data source

The National Travel Survey is the main source of data on personal travel by people living in England.

The survey collects information on how, why, when and where people travel. It also covers factors affecting people's travel habits, such as whether they have a car and driving licence.

5. Download the data

Car or van ownership - Spreadsheet (csv) 11 KB

This file contains the following: ethnicity, year, value, numerator, denominator, sample size