Lack of access to transport due to problems of affordability, safety, availability, convenience, and appropriateness of the type of transport available can act as a barrier to people's participation in the range of social, civic and economic activities of mainstream society.
In 2010 most people aged 18 years or over (84%) felt that they could easily get to the places where they needed to go, which may reflect the large majority of people (87%) with access to a motor vehicle. However, 12% felt that they sometimes had difficulty getting to such places and 4% felt that they either could not get to the places where they needed to go or often had difficulties in doing so (table 1).
Young adults aged 18 to 24 years old and the older age groups (75 years and over) were the least likely to have access to motor vehicles and more likely to experience difficulty in getting to the places they needed to go (table 2). Females were less likely than males to have access to motor vehicles and more likely to experience difficulties in getting to places they needed to go (tables 3 and 4).
These patterns in transport and access to motor vehicles have remained largely unchanged between 2002, 2006 and 2010.
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