23 Sep 2008 05:09:13
Motorists car share to beat fuel prices
Rising fuel prices beat concerns over carbon emissions when it comes to motivating people to car share, a survey has revealed.
A study of 2,000 motorists carried out by the AA revealed that of the 11 per cent of drivers who regularly share a ride more than once a week, 60 per cent did it to save money.
However, more than a third (34 per cent) said that their motivation was to cut their carbon footprint.
Road transport accounted for 22 per cent of carbon emissions in 2006, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
But price, rather than carbon was also the main reason people who do not yet share are considering it.
The survey showed that 47 per cent of people are now considering sharing rides.
If they follow the same pattern as people already sharing lifts, 54 per cent will share rides to the pub, 34 per cent will share on their way to and from work and 32 per cent will team up on long journeys.