FIA publishes its first ever report on Youth and Mobility


Today, the FIA has launched its first ever Youth & Mobility report, carried out in partnership with polling organisation, Kantar.

The report summarises 16-25 year olds’ views about car ownership and transport solutions. It follows a survey of 9,000 young people from across the US, Germany, China, India, Mexico, Argentina, Australia, Kenya, and Spain.

In the survey, respondents told us that:

  • Safety and sustainability are their top priorities. 38% of respondents wanted local transport to be safer, while 28% said it ought to be more sustainable.
  • Getting a driving licence is important – 51% hold a car driving licence, 18% hold one for motorised two-wheelers and 33% of those who don’t have a licence say they intend to get one in the next five years.
  • Owning a car is an important stage of life – 56% totally agreed with this. Other respondents thought that cars were a kind of bubble or extension of their home (54%) or that owning a car was a necessity (40%).
  • Public transport should be improved – 57% of young people said that this was very or extremely important in helping them move around locally. However, 51% said that they’d like to see improved access to car ownership, while 48% said that better access to shared means of transport (like shared bikes or cars) would serve this purpose.
  • They need access to transport solutions for work and education - 64% said they were essential in getting them to jobs, while 62% said they needed them to get to education, and 59% said they used cars to access services (like the doctors or shopping).
  • They want to be part of the change – 45% are or want to be actively involved in shaping the future of transport solutions where they live and 54% are or want to be actively involved in the development of safe and sustainable mobility options. 

Secretary General for Automobile Mobility and Tourism, Jacob Bangsgaard, said: “I am delighted to have been a part of the team delivering this report. It has given us critical insights into how young people think and feel about mobility, and will  help the FIA and its Member Clubs  shape a more sustainable and affordable future for the next generation.

The research is part of the FIA Global Advocacy Programme, supported by the FIA Foundation.

Read an excerpt from the report: