Touring launches the results of a mobility survey in Belgium
Published on: 23 January 2014
On 22 January 2014, the Belgian Motoring Club, Touring, launched a comprehensive mobility survey of 1,000 Belgians. It found that 52% of respondents consider the car as the fastest means of transportation to get to work. Compared to a similar survey from 2002, only 31% of road users saw the car as the fastest means of transportation to get to work, which shows the relevance that the car still has in daily mobility. The results were presented in anticipation of the upcoming national elections.
The survey seems to show that Belgians are increasingly attached to their cars It discovered that 58% of Belgians use the car exclusively. Additionally, Belgians are currently less likely to give up their cars as compared to ten years ago despite an increase in traffic: in 2002, 15% were ready to abandon their cars, at present it is only 8% that would give up their cars.
When asked what should be done with the 15 billion euros from the car tax, 59% of users believe it necessary, above all, to invest in the optimisation of the existing road networks.
Despite massive investment in public transport over the last 15 years, many Belgians still prefer the car, either by necessity or the absence of an efficient, reliable and safe public transport option. Finally, the survey also acknowledged that employers have been active in reducing congestion by allowing work-from-home and flex time to also reduce time wasted in traffic jams.