Brighton and Hove car ownership declines

Brighton and Hove car ownership declines

Brighton and Hove car ownership declines

First published in News

Thousands fewer cars are now registered in Brighton and Hove than ten years ago, one of the biggest falls in the country. 

Only Liverpool, Blackpool and Swansea fell by more than Brighton and Hove, which now has 93,446 cars registered in the area, compared to 96,311 in 2004, a fall of 3%.

In most areas, the amount of cars owned has increased. The number of cars on UK roads in 2013 had reached more than 31.91 million, with the total number increasing by 436,000 last year - the fastest growth for 10 years.

The figures have been released to day by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), which takes DVLA figures and checks them against its database of newly registered cars. 

The fall in registered cars also corresponded with a fall in carbon dioxide over the last five years. 

Since 2009, there has been a 5.3% improvement in carbon emissions, which have fallen to an average of  167g/km CO2 in 2013.

Jonathan Visscher, spokesman for the SMMT, said: "This shows people in Brighton and Hove have taken fuel efficiency and environmental factors into consideration when choosing cars."

He added: "You would anticipate traffic restrictions and good public transport in the region would also have an impact on car ownership."

Car ownership increased the most last year in Worcester, Aberdeenshire in Scotland and in Corby in Northamptonshire.

The study also highlights how the number of red and blue vehicles has declined nationally over the last year, with drivers preferring black, silver and grey cars. 

There are currently more than 1,453 different models on UK roads, but the Ford Focus takes the top spot for popularity, boasting almost 1.5 million owners. The smaller Ford Fiesta secures second place.

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2:04pm Wed 12 Mar 14

gheese77 says...

Great news, more space on the roads for everyone else !
Great news, more space on the roads for everyone else ! gheese77
  • Score: 1

2:17pm Wed 12 Mar 14

BrightonBrowser says...

The article seems to be talking about the number of new cars registered in Brighton and Hove, not the overall number. It may well be the case that people keep their cars for longer. The result could be less newly registered cars but more cars overall.
The article seems to be talking about the number of new cars registered in Brighton and Hove, not the overall number. It may well be the case that people keep their cars for longer. The result could be less newly registered cars but more cars overall. BrightonBrowser
  • Score: 21

2:17pm Wed 12 Mar 14

RobO. says...

I guess all of the students cars are registered at their parents addresses then!
I guess all of the students cars are registered at their parents addresses then! RobO.
  • Score: 25

2:38pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Goldenwight says...

It probably has more to do with the fact that people can't afford to park in B&H any more, but I blame the Greens anyway.
It probably has more to do with the fact that people can't afford to park in B&H any more, but I blame the Greens anyway. Goldenwight
  • Score: 22

2:48pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Jo Wadsworth says...

BrightonBrowser wrote:
The article seems to be talking about the number of new cars registered in Brighton and Hove, not the overall number. It may well be the case that people keep their cars for longer. The result could be less newly registered cars but more cars overall.
Hi BrightonBrowser,

the figures are total car ownership - the DVLA figures are checked against new car ownership to get the most up to date, accurate figures.
[quote][p][bold]BrightonBrowser[/bold] wrote: The article seems to be talking about the number of new cars registered in Brighton and Hove, not the overall number. It may well be the case that people keep their cars for longer. The result could be less newly registered cars but more cars overall.[/p][/quote]Hi BrightonBrowser, the figures are total car ownership - the DVLA figures are checked against new car ownership to get the most up to date, accurate figures. Jo Wadsworth
  • Score: 8

3:37pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Quiterie says...

This is indeed great news. With less cars in Brighton I should now be able to drive even faster. It's win, win.
This is indeed great news. With less cars in Brighton I should now be able to drive even faster. It's win, win. Quiterie
  • Score: 10

3:46pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Richada says...

Green not a popular colour choice in cars then?

Not a great surprise here, the cost of motoring generally has rocketed over the last 5 years or so, from the cost to buy a car to the taxation and cost of fuelling it.

I guess the council can claim some sort of victory here, through their parking schemes and traffic mismanagement systems - probably proved enough to tip many "marginal" motorists over the edge.

Are there any figures available on the use of the City Car scheme? A couple of acquaintances who have given up their own cars over the last few years have taken to hiring a City Car when the need arises, although another gave that up and finished up buying a new car to supplement his bicycle.
Green not a popular colour choice in cars then? Not a great surprise here, the cost of motoring generally has rocketed over the last 5 years or so, from the cost to buy a car to the taxation and cost of fuelling it. I guess the council can claim some sort of victory here, through their parking schemes and traffic mismanagement systems - probably proved enough to tip many "marginal" motorists over the edge. Are there any figures available on the use of the City Car scheme? A couple of acquaintances who have given up their own cars over the last few years have taken to hiring a City Car when the need arises, although another gave that up and finished up buying a new car to supplement his bicycle. Richada
  • Score: 4

5:06pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Morpheus says...

What is the point in boasting about reductions on carbon emissions in Brighton when they have obviously gone up overall in the UK because of higher car ownership in general, plus it isn't car ownership that matters, it is car usage.
What is the point in boasting about reductions on carbon emissions in Brighton when they have obviously gone up overall in the UK because of higher car ownership in general, plus it isn't car ownership that matters, it is car usage. Morpheus
  • Score: 5

6:25pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

I would imagine many students have their cars registered at their parents, particularly as on road parking insurance costs are high and add to the cost if you are a young driver.
I would imagine many students have their cars registered at their parents, particularly as on road parking insurance costs are high and add to the cost if you are a young driver. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 4

6:35pm Wed 12 Mar 14

HJarrs says...

This a particularly good achievement given that the city has grown in population. I should imagine that the introduction of CPZs has lead to a reduction in 2nd, 3rd and 4th cars. By me, one person has at anyone time 4 rotting old vans and car dumped on the street, this sort of thing should disappear when a CPZ is introduced. Car clubs are increasingly becoming an affordable alternative to car ownership, bus and train use is up and so is cycling and quite possibly walking.

Also, not to forget that car ownership does not have the same pull for younger people as it had for parents and grandparents. Some are saying that we may be reaching peak car.
This a particularly good achievement given that the city has grown in population. I should imagine that the introduction of CPZs has lead to a reduction in 2nd, 3rd and 4th cars. By me, one person has at anyone time 4 rotting old vans and car dumped on the street, this sort of thing should disappear when a CPZ is introduced. Car clubs are increasingly becoming an affordable alternative to car ownership, bus and train use is up and so is cycling and quite possibly walking. Also, not to forget that car ownership does not have the same pull for younger people as it had for parents and grandparents. Some are saying that we may be reaching peak car. HJarrs
  • Score: -10

6:36pm Wed 12 Mar 14

thevoiceoftruth says...

Perhaps some of this can be explained by people moving out of Brighton because driving has been made such a nightmare. I know of a few who have relocated to Lewes etc - I'm sure there are plenty more.
Perhaps some of this can be explained by people moving out of Brighton because driving has been made such a nightmare. I know of a few who have relocated to Lewes etc - I'm sure there are plenty more. thevoiceoftruth
  • Score: 2

7:17pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

The figures for ownership and bus use etc need to be presented as a ratio of the population as the population of the city has also increased so to say bus or car use has gone up or down is meaningless without context.
The figures for ownership and bus use etc need to be presented as a ratio of the population as the population of the city has also increased so to say bus or car use has gone up or down is meaningless without context. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 3

8:47pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Roundbill says...

This is the most impressive piece of propaganda from the Greens: I assume this story originated in an email from them to the Argus, with a link to this study: I bet whoever opened the email even copypasted the header and used as the headline we see above us now.
Note this study is about car ownership, not amount of traffic (which, apart from Jason "automotophobia" Kitcat, is all anyone actually cares about, really). This is the sort of statistic-crunching cr@p the North Koreans do to when they broadcast stuff to persuade the downtrodden populace that everything's absolutely fine and the future's bright.
This is the most impressive piece of propaganda from the Greens: I assume this story originated in an email from them to the Argus, with a link to this study: I bet whoever opened the email even copypasted the header and used as the headline we see above us now. Note this study is about car ownership, not amount of traffic (which, apart from Jason "automotophobia" Kitcat, is all anyone actually cares about, really). This is the sort of statistic-crunching cr@p the North Koreans do to when they broadcast stuff to persuade the downtrodden populace that everything's absolutely fine and the future's bright. Roundbill
  • Score: 4

8:49pm Wed 12 Mar 14

p a t r i c k says...

It is great news that there has been some reduction in the number of cars in Brighton & Hove. However there are still far far too many cars in the city. We really need a much greater reduction.

Cars are incredibly inefficient. Most cars are occupied by only one person and so for that one person to move around a vast amount of steel has to be moved as well requiring an engine producing much C2O.

Most people in those cars would be much healthier and happier people if they got rid of their cars and walked or cycled.

It is easy to see how damaging the cars are to their owners by the comments here from them. What a sad selfish lot they are.
It is great news that there has been some reduction in the number of cars in Brighton & Hove. However there are still far far too many cars in the city. We really need a much greater reduction. Cars are incredibly inefficient. Most cars are occupied by only one person and so for that one person to move around a vast amount of steel has to be moved as well requiring an engine producing much C2O. Most people in those cars would be much healthier and happier people if they got rid of their cars and walked or cycled. It is easy to see how damaging the cars are to their owners by the comments here from them. What a sad selfish lot they are. p a t r i c k
  • Score: -3

9:06pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Roundbill says...

Also, what is it with Jason's hatred of cars anyway? I mean seriously, he's not pro- public transport, he's anti-car - which is a very different beast. Did he have his heart broken by a car when he was at an impressionable age? Is this all about revenge for teenage heartbreak? Very strange.
Also, what is it with Jason's hatred of cars anyway? I mean seriously, he's not pro- public transport, he's anti-car - which is a very different beast. Did he have his heart broken by a car when he was at an impressionable age? Is this all about revenge for teenage heartbreak? Very strange. Roundbill
  • Score: 4

9:10pm Wed 12 Mar 14

HJarrs says...

Roundbill wrote:
Also, what is it with Jason's hatred of cars anyway? I mean seriously, he's not pro- public transport, he's anti-car - which is a very different beast. Did he have his heart broken by a car when he was at an impressionable age? Is this all about revenge for teenage heartbreak? Very strange.
You do talk some rubbish.
[quote][p][bold]Roundbill[/bold] wrote: Also, what is it with Jason's hatred of cars anyway? I mean seriously, he's not pro- public transport, he's anti-car - which is a very different beast. Did he have his heart broken by a car when he was at an impressionable age? Is this all about revenge for teenage heartbreak? Very strange.[/p][/quote]You do talk some rubbish. HJarrs
  • Score: -9

9:23pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Roundbill says...

I do my best to: how kind of you to notice.
I do my best to: how kind of you to notice. Roundbill
  • Score: 2

9:27pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Roundbill says...

Also, I use this forum because my probation officer said it would be a good outlet for my voices. So that makes you disablist. Do the Green Party know that one of their members is a disablist?
Also, I use this forum because my probation officer said it would be a good outlet for my voices. So that makes you disablist. Do the Green Party know that one of their members is a disablist? Roundbill
  • Score: 4

1:59am Thu 13 Mar 14

whatevernext2013 says...

that even more jobs lost in local dealerships ,and petrol stations cutting staff well done the greens putting more people on the dole
that even more jobs lost in local dealerships ,and petrol stations cutting staff well done the greens putting more people on the dole whatevernext2013
  • Score: 0

4:15am Thu 13 Mar 14

Gribbet says...

Progress. Most people in Brighton don't need to own a car and I reckon for teens and youngsters it's just too expensive to be the rite of passage that it used to be. Sold mine in 2010 as I just wasn't using it enough to justify the yearly expenses, felt sad to see it go, but no regrets at all. When I need a car these days, which isn't often, I just rent one.
Progress. Most people in Brighton don't need to own a car and I reckon for teens and youngsters it's just too expensive to be the rite of passage that it used to be. Sold mine in 2010 as I just wasn't using it enough to justify the yearly expenses, felt sad to see it go, but no regrets at all. When I need a car these days, which isn't often, I just rent one. Gribbet
  • Score: 2

11:46am Fri 14 Mar 14

RickH says...

Gribbet wrote:
Progress. Most people in Brighton don't need to own a car and I reckon for teens and youngsters it's just too expensive to be the rite of passage that it used to be. Sold mine in 2010 as I just wasn't using it enough to justify the yearly expenses, felt sad to see it go, but no regrets at all. When I need a car these days, which isn't often, I just rent one.
I would agree and am about to ditch my car after owning one for 10 years and driving it on average about 3k miles a year ie it gets a weekly spin to Sainburys and an occasional jaunt to along the coast for family visits.
[quote][p][bold]Gribbet[/bold] wrote: Progress. Most people in Brighton don't need to own a car and I reckon for teens and youngsters it's just too expensive to be the rite of passage that it used to be. Sold mine in 2010 as I just wasn't using it enough to justify the yearly expenses, felt sad to see it go, but no regrets at all. When I need a car these days, which isn't often, I just rent one.[/p][/quote]I would agree and am about to ditch my car after owning one for 10 years and driving it on average about 3k miles a year ie it gets a weekly spin to Sainburys and an occasional jaunt to along the coast for family visits. RickH
  • Score: 0

1:11pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Herbertfarquarson says...

I let my car go about 5 years ago and don't regret it one bit. Less bills less hassle less stress and easy enough to hire one if needed. Bus and train travel is much easier these days and can be cheaper than petrol alone.
I let my car go about 5 years ago and don't regret it one bit. Less bills less hassle less stress and easy enough to hire one if needed. Bus and train travel is much easier these days and can be cheaper than petrol alone. Herbertfarquarson
  • Score: 0

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