Britons 'prefer green transport'

Motorists in the UK are increasingly turning to green transport options, new research has revealed.

The study by Admiral Insurance found that the proportion of drivers using public transport often has increased to 23 per cent from 14 per cent last year.

In addition, car share programmes have jumped from 19 per cent to 24 per cent in the last 12 months, while 43 per cent of motorists are now concerned about the environmental impact of their vehicles compared to 36 per cent in 2008.

Sue Longthorn, managing director of Admiral, said: "The motor industry has had to wake up to the impact motoring has on the environment and to the fact that oil is a finite resource.

"It would seem that this message is also getting through to many motorists - I doubt if you asked motorists ten years ago if they worried about the environment, you'd have found nearly half of them saying they did."

Transport contributes some 20 per cent of the UK's total carbon emissions.

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