Despite an investment of tens of billions in the last decade in new lines of the Israel Railways, such as the high-speed line from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv, and the Ashkelon Railway in Beer-Sheva that connected Sderot and Nativot to the network, alongside the launch of dozens of new bus lines with improved frequency, Israelis do not believe in public transportation.\ According to the Bureau's
data According to the statistics released today, the number of driver's license holders in Israel jumped by 29.9% in the last decade, to 4.95 million.
During that period, Israel's population grew by only 19.9%, so the growth rate in the number of driver's license holders is 50% greater than the growth rate of the population.
The increase in the number of drivers and female drivers joins the increase in the number of private vehicles, which also increased at a greater rate than the growth rate of the population, an increase of 22% to 2.85 million private cars.
Load in Ayalon.
Despite a large investment in public transportation, Israelis still prefer the private car (Photo: Reuven Castro)
The increase in the number of women driving moderated, and for a decade it only increased from 43% to 45% of all driver's license holders.
On the other hand, there was a significant increase in the number of drivers from among the Arab population in Israel.
In 2013 the drivers of the sector constituted only 15.9% of all license holders, while in 2022 the proportion was 20%.
The CBS data also shows that 73% of Israelis over the age of 16 have some kind of driver's license, where among men it is 82% and among women - 64%. In the central region, in communities such as Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan,
Givatayim, and the standing area The rate of two-wheeled vehicle license holders is 21-22 percent, compared to a national average of only 13%.
to the MS