Getting About

Older people are less likely to have access to a car and they often rely on public transport.  Of those who are 65+, 48% do not have access to a car at all.  This compares with only 23% of those in the 45-64 bracket not having any access to a car.  
(Scotland’s People: Annual Report 2003/04

36% of those aged between 60-69 do not have a full driving licence.

Women are twice as likely as men in this age group (60-69) not to have a full driving licence. 19% of men and 50% of women don’t have one. 
(Scottish Transport Statistics No 24, 2005 edition, Scottish Executive

People aged 65+ are more likely to use a bus (22%) than anyone else over the age of 24.  
(Scotland’s People: Annual Report 2003/04

In 2003-4, just under one in four buses and coaches in Scotland have a low floor, powered lift or ramp, or a kneeling mechanism.   
(Statistical Bulletin Transport Series Trn/2005/1 Bus and Coach Statistics 2003-04, Scottish Executive

Older people are the group, which are least likely to use a bus or a train at night. 85% said that they would “never use” a bus at night and 94% said that they would “never use” a train at night.  
(Scotland’s People: Annual Report 2003/04

Free local off-peak concessionary bus travel for older and disabled people was introduced in Scotland in 2002 for women aged 60 and over and for men aged 65 and over.  This was extended to men aged 60-64 in 2003.  A study of the purpose of trips made showed a 149% increase in the number of trips taken to go to a medical appointment AFTER the introduction of free off-peak travel.  
(Monitoring free local off-peak travel for older and disabled people. Research Findings No. 179/2004)