Cars or vans, number of
The number of cars or vans that are owned, or available for use, by one or more members of a household. This includes company cars and vans that are available for private use. It does not include motorbikes or scooters, or any cars or vans belonging to visitors.
The count of cars or vans in an area relates only to households. Cars or vans used by residents of communal establishments are not counted.
Responses indicating a number of cars or vans greater than 20 were treated as invalid and a value was imputed.
Total number of categories 3
|00||No cars or vans in household|
|01-20||1 to 20 cars or vans in household|
|XX||No code required - comprises households with no usual residents|
Source question or variables
H12: In total, how many cars or vans are owned, or are available for use, by members of this household?
Include any company car(s) or van(s) available for private use.
- 4 or more, please write in number
Reason for asking
This information helps the Scottish Government and local authorities with transport planning, dealing with congestion and assessing the need for investment in public transport and roads.
As car ownership is the single largest component of traffic growth, this data is also used for forecasting traffic growth and planning the need for road building or other possible responses to future demand.
The data is also used to support the provision of accessible services and the development and implementation of transport policy, especially in rural areas.
In addition, data on households without access to a car can be matched with information on people with disabilities. These statistics can then be used to identify local areas where additional public transport might be required.
England & Wales (2011) and Scotland (2001) comparisons
The question in England & Wales (2011) and the Scotland (2001) question were identical to the Scotland (2011) question.
This variable records information on the number of cars or vans owned, or available for use, by one or more members of a household. It includes company cars and vans available for private use.
Write in answers greater than 20 are treated as invalid and a value is imputed.
Total number of categories 12
|10||Ten to twenty|