RD035 People aged 15 years and over with a full driver licence
Only a third of young people (aged 15–24) now have a driver licence compared with nearly half in 1989. Although the number of licence holders in the 20–24 age group has grown, this could decline as young people in the 15–19 age group without a licence become older and move into that age group.
Older New Zealanders are now also more likely to have a driver licence. Seventy-three percent of those aged 75 and over have a driver licence.
It should be noted that the minimum age for obtaining a learner’s licence rose from 15 to 16 on 1 August 2011.
People aged 15 years and over, in age groups, with a full driver's licence (by percentage)
Nature of data
New Zealand Household Travel Survey (Ministry of Transport)
1989/90 ; 1997/98. From 2003, updated annually with four year moving average. Periods run from July to June so 2003-2007 means July 2003 - June 2007.
Quality of the data
Survey based. The survey is designed to capture household travel only and excludes most commercial and freight travel, so will underestimate total personal vehicle travel. Response rate (households with full responses from all members): 1989/90=75%; 1997/98=75%; 2003-2014: 65%-70%.
To be determined
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HD020 Household expenditure on transport
The percentage of household spending on transport fluctuated between 13% and 16% from 1997 to 2017. In 2018 it moved up to a record high level of expenditure — NZD$23,009.
Household consumption and expenditure on transport (dollars spent and percent of expenditure per household)
Nature of data
Statistics NZ Infoshare. Search for ‘SNE035AA’ or browse to Economic Indicators-> National Accounts – SNA 2008 – SNE -> Series, Series, GDP(E), Nominal, Actual, Household FCE by item (Qrtly-Mar/Jun/Sep/Dec)