May 8, 2014 2:55 pm

Number of younger drivers on decline in the Lower Mainland

The number of young people getting their drivers licenses in the Lower Mainland is on the decline.

Statistics from Metro Vancouver show that the number of people between 16 and 34 with their licenses is at its lowest point in a decade.

Researchers say that the decline in the number of young people getting licensing coincides with the launch of the U-Pass program in 2003, which offers heavily discounted transit passes for university and college students.

Expansion of transit, including the Millennium Line, Canada Line and improved bus service is also credited for the decrease in the number of younger people getting their licenses.

The biggest drops of all communities in the Lower Mainland were recorded in Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond and New Westminster.

The number of drivers in their mid-30s to mid-50s has remained relatively stable and more older people are getting their licenses.

Number of drivers getting licenses by age group in Metro Vancouver. Courtesy: Metro Vancouver

Metro Vancouver




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