A study carried out on behalf of the BBC has revealed that Britain has higher transport costs than anywhere else in Europe with people spending on average 15% of their disposable income on transport. It is thought that this is due to increased fuel duty and rising public transport fares over recent years.
The research also revealed that people are spending on average 20 minutes longer in getting to work than they did 10 years ago. While the government believe this is largely due to people living further away from their places of work it seems fair to conclude that rising road congestion also has its part to play.
liftshare hope that this new research will make people consider more seriously sustainable alternatives such as car sharing. liftshare member, Daniel from Wiltshire, who shares twice a week with one other person explained:
"I don't have a car, and wanted to find a cheaper alternative to the train", he goes on to describe the arrangement as "convenient, cheap and the person I share with is good company."
So far 147,000 people around the UK have signed up to the free website www.liftshare.com to find themselves a car share match.
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