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Electric vehicle push could see increase in automatic-only licences

Electric vehicle push could see increase in automatic-only licences

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The study also showcased the various ways young drivers plan to pay for a new car.

Increasing demand for electric vehicles and the upcoming ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles could see more younger drivers opting for automatic-only driving licences, according to a new survey. Conducted by road safety charity IAM Roadsmart, the study questioned 1,000 drivers aged between 17-24 and found that 61 per cent were planning to apply for an automatic-only licence. On top of this, 81 per cent said that they ‘very likely’ to purchase an EV as their next car, while just five per cent said that they were very unlikely to buy an electric vehicle.


The study also showcased the various ways young drivers plan to pay for a new car. Some 51 per cent of respondents said that they’ll save up and pay upfront for a new car, while 17 per cent said that they would finance instead. Only 10 per cent were in favour of getting a bank loan to fund a new car purchase. 


Neil Greig, director of policy and research at IAM RoadSmart, commented: “Our research highlights how young people are being proactive, not reactive to climate issues and the changes to the automotive industry set to come by 2030, which is great to see. “What these figures demonstrate is that the traditional split between manual and automatic driving licences is becoming less and less relevant to modern motoring. It’s time that this artificial distinction was ditched as part of an overall review of learning to drive that prioritises experience in all traffic conditions over the type of gearbox you have. “Until things change however, young people need to be aware that manual driving licences will always open up a wider range of job opportunities for them, particularly as the country recovers from the pandemic.”

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