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Travel BehaviourSummary: Ethnicity and Transport and Travel

  • Indian, Pakistani and Chinese households were most likely to have access to a car. African households were least likely to have access to a car. At the time of the 2011 census, three quarters of households in Scotland had access to a car or van. The proportion was over 80% for Pakistani and White: Other British households and lowest (47%) for African households.
  • Pakistani households were most likely to have access to three or more cars; 20% of Pakistani households had three or more cars, compared to a Scottish average of 9%.

Source: Analysis of Equality Results from the 2011 Census: Part 2 (Published: March 2015)

  • Ethnic minority groups were less likely to hold a driving license. According to the 2012 Scottish Household Survey , adults from minority ethnic groups were markedly less likely to hold a driving license. 51.9% compared to 67.2% for White ethnic groups. This is based on a sample size of 266 for minority ethnic groups so will be subject to a degree of sampling error.
  • Ethnic minority groups were less likely to drive every day. Combining data from 2003 to 2005, the Scottish Household Survey estimates that 26% of adults from ethnic minority groups drove every day, compared to 41% of adults from 'White' ethnic groups. This pattern was maintained even if likelihood of holding a full driving license is accounted for.

Source: High Level Summary of Equality Statistics 2006 (Published: 2006)


Useful Links

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Publications and Outputs

Publications and Outputs

National Transport Strategy: User Consultation (October 2006) As part of the National Transport Strategy consultation process research was undertaken to understand the views of transport users within "hard to reach" audiences. The main highlights are presented in the research findings.

High Level Summary of Equality Statistics 2006 (2006) The High Level Summary of Equality Statistics is a compendium which presents statistical trends on the main areas of Government activity in Scotland across a number of equality dimensions including age, disability, ethnicity, gender and in some cases religion

Scottish Government Equality Outcomes: Ethnicity Evidence Review (2013) A comprehensive review of available evidence in relation to ethnicity.



Scottish Government Survey Data

Scottish Household Survey - The Scottish Government website provides further information on accessing Scottish Household Survey data

Scottish Household Survey microdata - Scottish Household Survey microdata is available (through a ‘special licence’ scheme) from the UK Data Archive

Transport and Travel datasets - Tables from Transport Scotland statistical publications can be found on the statistics pages of the Transport Scotland website

Official Statistics

statistics.gov.scot - Explore, visualise and download over 200 datasets from a range of producers. Start browsing by theme, organisation, or geography. Or access programmatically using our APIs. A range of datasets are available that can be broken down by ethnic group


External Links

External Links

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External Publications and Outputs

Crash Map - Interactive tool allowing users to view where crashes have occurred in the UK.

External Research Organisations

Department for Transport Statistics - Department for Transport publishes official statistics relating to the transport system in Great Britain.



Transport and Travel

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