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Coronavirus lockdown: AA says ‘major changes’ on traffic and will ‘reduce congestion’

Lockdown measures may have changed the transport landscape for good with perhaps up to one fifth of motorists using their cars less after restrictions have lifted. Analysis has revealed maybe up to one quarter of elderly drivers will use their car less than they did before the measures were put into place. 

Vehicle use will be cut as many decide to continue working from home more or walk to work instead of driving.

A new AA Populus poll of almost 20,000 motorists a total of 22 percent claim they will be driving less after the lockdown is lifted.

This figure climbs to 24 percent for motorists over the age of 65 as elderly drivers look set to abandon their vehicles. 

These reductions are likely to significantly cut traffic congestion and reduce the environmental impact on the roads. 

READ MORE: New figures reveal car journeys at lowest lockdown levels over Easter

“Analysis suggests that one fifth might use public transport less in cities post-lockdown. 

“Outside of London which has parking and congestion charging restrictions, we could see an increase in car use in other cities where people shun public transport for fear of the virus.

“However, this trend may be countered with a change in driving patterns by those who normally drive but have got used to leaving the car at home during lockdown.

“More than one in five say they will drive less after restrictions are lifted. It is also likely that at least one in ten will work from home more often.”

In a major claim, the AA President believes the lockdown may help boost the sale of electric vehicles in the UK. 

A possible increase in smaller journeys after the crisis could leave many deciding to purchase a vehicle with cheaper running costs. 

He said: “Some drivers who have appreciated lower traffic noise, fewer and shorter journeys, may be prompted finally to buy an electric vehicle.”

Government data has revealed traffic levels last Saturday were five percentage points higher than the previous week in fears Britons may be breaking the lockdown. 

However, these stats are still 62 percent lower than the first week of February before lockdown measures were implemented. 

The information shows the majority are still complying with the rules but that many still relied on their cars during the pandemic. 

Edmund King said many will remain dependent on their cars and confirmed the AA was helping around 100 NHS staff members every day as part of their free breakdown scheme. 

According to the AA President, many people will “remain dependent” on their vehicle after restrictions are lifted but some change is likely to be noticed. 

He added: “All in all, life will return and the increase in car use in some areas instead of public transport will be countered by others realising that they can use their cars less by working from home or even walking and cycling more.”


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