National Travel Survey: England 2016

  • Published: Department for Transport (2017, July).
  • Authors: Department for Transport
  • Date Added: 12 Jan 2018
  • Last Update: 12 Jan 2018
  • Format: pdf


Survey was conducted to identify patterns and habits of personal travelling by residents of England travelling within Great Britain, from data collected via interviews and a one-week travel diary.


Face to face interviews with all members of the household and data recorded by each household member concerning all trips over a seven-day period in a travel diary.

During 2016, 6,656 households in England participated fully in the research, i.e. responded to the interview and completed the diary. An additional 672 households participated in the interviews but did not all complete the diary.

Key Findings:

  • In 2016 73% of English residents aged over 17 were license holders. Whereas among older age groups, the proportion of license holders has increased since 1992/94 (by at least 20 ppt among groups aged over 60), the share of adults aged 17-20 years old with a full driving license has declined since 1992/94 from 48%, when it was highest for this group, to 31% in 2016 (about 13.8 million people).

  • In the group of males, it was a drop from 55% to 33%, whereas among females - from 42% to 29%.

  • The main reason indicated by license non-holders aged 17 to 20 years old is lack of interest in driving (14%), cost of learning to drive (29%) and the possibility of sharing a lift by family or friends (11%).

  • Only 7% of license non-holders aged 17 to 20 years old reject learning to drive, whereas 42% intend to start to learn to drive within the next year, 43% within the next 5 years.