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Phil Goodwin: Issue 572 3 Jun 2011

Peak car? The international dimension

There is good evidence of ‘peak car’ occurring in advanced economies throughout the world, but what is going to happen in nations that are still developing is still anybody’s guess

Phil Goodwin

There are three big questions raised when studying how the international experience relates to the UK levelling off of, and recent decline in, car use. The first is whether other developed countries are showing the same pattern. The second is what is happening in the developing countries where initial levels of car ownership and use are so much lower. The third is whether these two possibly quite different trends will affect each other in the future.

The first two questions are discussed in...

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