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Pre-SOCA figures are not available.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what role journey-sharing has in carbon reduction; and whether there are any proposals to increase the practice among coach operators. [HL3509]
The Minister of State, Department for Transport (Lord Adonis): Journey sharing has an important role to play in reducing carbon. The effectiveness, of course, depends on the number of people sharing the vehicle. An average car commuter drives 12 miles a day. Cutting that by even half through car sharing would save around 400kg of carbon dioxide in one yearequivalent to around 170 litres of petrol. Transferring single occupancy car journeys to larger multiple occupancy vehicles, such as coaches, has the potential (depending on vehicle occupancy and vehicle emissions) to make significant further reductions to the emissions for a journey. However, there are no plans to specifically promote coaches above other multi-occupancy modes with regard to journey sharing.
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