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TitleAre young adultsí choice of travel mode changing?
AuthorsWundersitz LN, Bailey TJ, Raftery SJ, Baldock MRJ, Smith R
Year2015
TypeConference Paper
AbstractChanges in travel mode choices among young adults have been observed in Europe and North America with marked declines in the percentages of those with driverís licences. Declines in licensing rates have the potential to affect future transportation needs, preferences for non-driving transport modes, vehicle purchases, road safety and the environment. This study aimed to identify any changes in population-based driver licensing rates among young adults in Victoria, Australia. Licensing data for all Victorian adults from 2001-2014 was tabulated with ABS population data to examine age-related trends in licensing rates. The results indicated that driver licensing rates among Victorians aged 18-29 years have declined since 2001. In 2014, over one-third of 18-24 year old Victorians did not have a driverís licence. This licensing decline was accompanied by substantial increases in the proportions of licensed drivers aged over 50 years, indicating that the decline is specific to young adults. The licensing data also revealed that young adults in Victoria are becoming more likely to hold motorcycle licenses, although there is an increasing trend for motorcycle licensing across all ages. Nonetheless, 22-25 year olds are becoming more likely to hold a licence for motorcycle riding only. Potential implications of such changes in travel modes include reduced road infrastructure revenue and costs, reduced traffic congestion, environmental benefits and reduced road deaths and injuries, but also a need for safer infrastructure for motorcycling and other travel modes.
Conference NameAustralasian Road Safety Conference
Conference AbbreviationARSC2015
Conference LocationGold Coast, Queensland
Conference Date14-16 October 2015

Reference
Wundersitz LN, Bailey TJ, Raftery SJ, Baldock MRJ, Smith R (2015) 'Are young adults’ choice of travel mode changing?', Australasian Road Safety Conference, Gold Coast, Queensland, 14-16 October 2015.


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CASRYoungDriverTravelChoices1551.pdfFinal version of paper as published on USB