In 2022, driving a car costs an average of 4,214 euros per year

The association pleads for an exit from the “all-car” thermic, which will go through the development of alternative mobility, carpooling and car sharing, as well as by accelerating the adoption of electric cars.

Driving a thermomobile will cost more and more every year

Owning a personal vehicle, in addition to its usefulness for travel related to professional life, gives the impression (or illusion) of freedom and control over the family budget. But in reality, driving is expensive.

In 2022, the estimated cost of owning and using the car reached 4,210 euros, or almost 350 euros/month, the association Réseau Action Climat calculated. This calculation includes the cost of registration (45 euros), fuel and lubricants (1,419 euros), paid parking (171 euros), road taxes (62 euros), spare parts and accessories (150 euros), maintenance and repairs (983 euros), insurance (227 euros) as well as the discount or expense for long-term rent (1,157 euros). These prices are of course an average and vary from household to household.

Fuel prices rise again – © Jan von nebenan

These costs are expected to increase further in 2023, mainly due to rising fuel prices: the OECD expects, for example, a 10% increase in oil prices in 2023. And the increase may be even greater in the coming years., as oil stocks dwindle and the EU stops buying Russian oil directly. Moreover, it seems increasingly uncertain that the state will continue to support the purchase of fuel indefinitely. In this perspective, it could cost 4,920 euros to drive a personal car in 2027, calculated Réseau Action Climat.

Réseau Action Climat believes that the government could do much more

Despite this, from Monday to Friday, a Frenchman spends an average of 1h02 per day to travel, i.e. around 3 trips per day and an average distance per trip of 8.7 kilometers. 63% of daily journeys are made by car. As for the kilometers traveled, 82% are by car. This trend is seen even for the shortest trips, as 41% of those of less than 5 kilometers are made by car.

the cost of maintaining a vehicle is more than 1,000 euros per year © 16:00 production

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That car addiction, and more specifically to fossil fuels, fuel the uncertainty and inequalities. Thus, 13.3 million people are in a situation of “mobility problems” in France, and 5.3 million French people are affected by car addiction.

Réseau Action Climat calls on the government to do much more to get out of thermal “all-car” use. The association asks to increase the amounts for the bicycle fund, the “Cykelbonussen”, the support for the purchase of an electric assisted bicycle (VAE) has been increased and expanded but not enough and the conditions too drastic.
It would also be desirable to:

  • make mandatory sustainable mobility package (which allows employers to contribute to the financing of their employees’ “soft mobility);
  • promote intermodality between public transport and cycling, establish a ” climate ticket » (a subsidy mechanism that provides access to the entire offer of public transport for an amount equivalent to one euro per day);
  • improve the social and environmental efficiency of the conversion bonus, establish a ” zero rate mobility loan » throughout the country create a social leasing system to promote access to electric mobility;
  • toughen the weight penalty to redirect vehicle production to lighter cars,
  • better support the development ofcar sharing and carpooling everyday life (especially in less densely populated areas);
  • giving Maisons France Services a mobility support and advisory mission and finally rethinking territorial cohesion policy to reduce the distances needed to carry out daily activities.

Daily mobility is characterized by the car’s prominent place on our journeys. This mobility system built around the entire car and the individual car is today at the end of its tether. These proposals for measures for fairer and more sustainable mobility to implement alternatives to everyday mobility as soon as possible.

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