Young people and driving licences: who hasn’t got one (yet) and why? (English version)

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Title
Young people and driving licences: who hasn’t got one (yet) and why? (English version)
Journal
Flux
Author(s)
Rérat Patrick, Haldimann Lucas
ISSN
1154-2721
1958-9557
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2020
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
N°119-120
Number
1-2
Pages
5-24
Language
english
Abstract
This paper is the English translation of a paper originally published in French in the journal FLUX.
Much more than a simple official document, the driving licence represents a set of rules, the right to drive legally, and also a rite of passage associated with the transition to adulthood. However, with fewer young people now possess-ing a driving licence, something that had become an almost obligatory part of growing up now seems to have lost its ap-peal. Based on a large-scale survey (more than 40,000 re-spondents) carried out in Switzerland, this paper addresses the factors involved in decisions among young people to get a driving licence (or not) and identifies the effects of gen-der, socio-professional status, spatial context, national origin and psychological aspects. It also analyses the reasons for not having a driving licence (lack of need, cost, lack of time and environmental concerns) and their prevalence among the various categories of young people. Overall, the decline in youth licensing observed in recent decades appears to be more a case of delaying the process of getting a driving li-cence than renouncing it completely, given that only a small minority of young people do not plan to get one in the future. This delay may indicate the resilience of the system of auto-mobility (since people live without a driving licence for only a limited time before becoming motorised) but it could also point to aspirations, priorities and representations which, while they don’t favour the use of a car, cannot change its status as a principal—and even essential—mode of transport.
Keywords
Geography, Planning, Mobility, Automobility
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