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Mobility - The impact of not driving on different non-driver subgroups

Congiu, Melinda, Harris, Anne


Reliable, efficient and effective mobility is essential for the well-being of all Australians. Good transport and mobility allows people access to essential services, to participate in social and recreational activities and to have some level of engagement with their community (Harris & Tapsas, 2006). The primary mode of transport used by most people is the private car. However, the provision of adequate transport alternatives for people who are unable to drive is important. Poor transportation and mobility can have a detrimental effect on the health and well-being of older and disabled people, and can have social, education or employment disadvantages for young non-drivers (Whelan et al., 2006; Currie et al, 2005). Non-drivers are a broad group of Victorians which include people who have stopped driving due to age related impairments, disabled people, financially or socially disadvantaged people who are unable to afford a car and young people without licences. There is also a group of individuals who are non-drivers by choice. The issues and challenges that each of these subgroups of non-drivers face is likely to vary, and subsequently needs to be examined separately. The main aim of this study was to ascertain how different subgroups of non-drivers are dealing with mobility and transport issues in their daily lives. The non-driver subgroups that will be examined are older, disabled and young non-drivers. Analysis of those who are non-drivers by choice was beyond the scope of this project.