While most users choose to drive a car because of its convenience, nearly three quarters of EU citizens (71%) said they would consider using public transport more frequently if it would be possible to buy a single ticket covering all transport modes.
The majority of car users (66%) surveyed said they would be likely to compromise on the car’s size in order to reduce emissions and 62% said the same about the car’s range – i.e. the distance that one could drive before needing to refuel or recharge the vehicle. More than half of people (60%) would also be willing to pay more for their car if it helped to reduce emissions.
Half of EU citizens said they would agree with existing car charges being replaced by new charging schemes that took into account a car’s actual use. These schemes were even more popular among car drivers as 53% agreed with existing car charges being replaced.
In a majority of countries (19 out of 27), about three-quarters – or more – car users felt that public transport was not as convenient as a car; furthermore, in most of these countries, roughly one in two – or more – respondents said that this was a very important reason for not using public transport (from 47% in Poland to 75% in Malta).
Cyprus, Malta, Poland, Bulgaria and the UK were the countries with then highest number of car users describing reasons why they did not use public transport, while Greece, Malta, Cyprus, Spain and Ireland tended to be the countries where the largest proportions of respondents said they would be encouraged to combine different modes of transport and reduce their use of a car if various suggestions were implemented (easy transfers, online information etc.).
People who use their car on a daily basis were asked what it would take for them to also use other modes of transport. Roughly two-thirds (65%) said they would consider it if it was easier to change from one mode of transport to another, 52% would be tempted if there was better (online) information about schedules, 47% would consider it if terminals were more attractive, and 38% if it was possible to buy tickets online.
More than 8 in 10 (84%-86%) car users in Cyprus and Greece said they would be encouraged to combine different modes of transport if it would be possible to transfer easily from one method of transport to another. In Spain, Ireland and Malta, over three-quarters of respondents shared this view (78%-79%).
Nearly three quarters of EU citizens (71%) say they would consider using public transport more frequently if it were possible to buy a single ticket covering all possible modes of public transport; there is also strong support for this among motorists (66%).
The survey was conducted among 25,570 people in all 27 Member States at the request of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport.