72% of drivers plan to cut car use to reduce emissions

72% of drivers plan to reduce how often they use their car in order to cut their emissions, according to new research from pay-by-mile insurance provider By Miles. 

As life returns to normal following lockdown, research has revealed that the majority of drivers plan to reduce their emissions by switching to walking or cycling for shorter journeys. 

Many individuals also said that working from home will help them to cut their car usage and others said they will use car-sharing when travelling to and from work.

However, 21% of people said their lifestyle does not allow them to drive less, while others said that the lack of public transport (26%) and government (16%), are the main barriers preventing them from reducing the amount that they drive. 

 UK drivers are also calling for more support from both the government and insurance. 

36% of people said cheaper monthly premiums would encourage them to drive less, followed by cheaper and more regular public transport (34%), cheaper car tax if you drive less (33%) and being able to work from home more regularly (23%). 

James Blackham, co-founder of By Miles said: ‘Months of lockdown have proven the impact that driving less has on air pollution and carbon emissions. And it’s shown millions of drivers that it is possible to cut back, even slightly, by making small changes.

‘But we need to make it even easier for people to make changes that will save the planet, and incentivise them to do it. 

‘The Government needs to share practical advice on how to reduce mileage in private vehicles and make it readily available.

They also need to introduce greater financial incentives to increase the pace of change. And we know these little nudges work – just look at the success of the plastic bag tax. Reducing tax for those who drive below 7,000 miles a year would be a brilliant start and would show those who reduce their miles that their actions are appreciated.’ 

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