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Are working women increasing the number of licensed cars?

2015 saw a 6.8% increase in new cars made according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers, this is 2.63 million more than the previous year. Production of cars also reached a seven year high.

The number of licensed cars on the road in the UK has been gradually increasing since the end of World War II. At the end of 2015 a sum of 3.21 million vehicles were registered according to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), with a total of 29,963 ultra-low emission vehicles being registered making up 0.9% of all registrations that year.

But why have these registration numbers been increasing more rapidly since 2000? The RAC Foundation suggested that it could be due to an increasing population of women in the work force. According to Forbes magazine the number of women applying for new diving licenses has increased by 2.5% whilst new male drivers are slightly decreasing, this has been put down to women wanting more freedom to get from place to place.

posted by: Abigail Lavallin 03 August 2016