The last year has seen a 4% increase in the number of motorists in the South-East of England who no longer own a car – from 26% in 2012, to 30% in 2013.

The figures are part of the latest BCA Used Car Market Report, with the remarketing company attributing the fall to the comprehensive public transport infrastructure that is available in that part of Britain.

The report, produced from a survey of 4,000 motorists, shows that overall car ownership across Britain remained static, with 72% of families owning at least one car. There has been a decline, however, from 2010, when 77% of households owned at least one car.

The decline in car ownership in the South-East was partly offset by rises elsewhere. Two-car ownership in the North increased to 29% from 16% in 2012 and the number of families with three cars or more has risen to 10% from 3% in the South West.

“For many families a car is vital for getting to and from work, getting the kids to school and doing the weekly shop, so car ownership is a strong indicator of economic confidence,” explained Tim Naylor, Editor of the BCA Used Car Market Report.

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