7. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the implication for transport policy in view of the fact that the proportion of commuters using cars to travel to work has risen from 57% to 69% over the past 30 years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 57225/12 asked on 20 Dec 2012 - Transport Policy)

Deputy Alan Kelly: I propose to take Questions Nos. 7 and 32 together.
According to the census in 2011 around 1.14 million people drove to work or were passengers in a car, representing 69% of commuters. That was very similar to 2006 when around 1.18 million people drove to work or were passengers in a car. Despite the fall in car commuting numbers, due to lower numbers in employment, car mode share was higher in 2011, standing at 69% of commuters compared to 66% in 2006, which I noted with di...

32. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport in view of the most recent data from the Central Statistics Office which shows continued and marked increases in numbers commuting by car for both workers and school students, the measures he intends in order to reverse this trend over the lifetime of this Government; in particular, the initiatives he intends for the Greater Dublin Area, where 55% of commuters travel to work by car; the measures he intends to implement to reduce the numbers of school students travelling to school by car; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 57196/12 asked on 20 Dec 2012 - Transport Policy)

Deputy Alan Kelly: I propose to take Questions Nos. 7 and 32 together.
According to the census in 2011 around 1.14 million people drove to work or were passengers in a car, representing 69% of commuters. That was very similar to 2006 when around 1.18 million people drove to work or were passengers in a car. Despite the fall in car commuting numbers, due to lower numbers in employment, car mode share was higher in 2011, standing at 69% of commuters compared to 66% in 2006, which I noted with di...