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The end of motoring

The Guardian, 25 September 2011

Parle can't drive. "I did try to learn," says the 24-year-old, Birmingham-born cafe owner, "but I failed my test a few times." Then she moved to London, where running a car can be a nightmare. Instead she cycles everywhere. "It's cheap, keeps me fit, and is of course better for the environment." Parle is by no means atypical. In Britain, the percentage of 17- to 20-year-olds with driving licences fell from 48%