Startling Findings from the RAC Foundation
At first glance the numbers seem incredible, but there they are in black and white, courtesy of the Office for National Statistics. The poorest car-owning households in the UK spend at least 27% of their weekly disposable income on buying and running a vehicle. Scaling up the figures, this suggests that some 800,000 of the least-wealthy homes in the country are mired in transport poverty. If we are concerned, rightly, about fuel poverty, then we should be extremely worried about this.
The previously unpublished data, collected as part of the Family Spending survey, show that of a maximum total weekly expenditure of £167, these households spend £44 on purchasing and operating costs related to a vehicle. £16 of this is used to buy petrol and diesel, another £8.30 goes on insurance.
For those families who regard it so important to run a car that they are willing to make an outlay of such staggering proportions