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Scottish under-21s 'prefer smartphones to cars'

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More and more Scottish under-21s are shunning motoring because of the cost associated with it - and because they like smartphones.

Nearly 50 per cent of under-21s had a driving licence 20 years ago, but this figure has now fallen to under one-third.

Part of the reason for this is because of the allure of next-generation handsets.

Phil Goodwin, emeritus professor of transport at University College London and the University of the West of England, said: "Surveys of young people suggest the most important reason for not getting a driving licence is cost - of learning, insurance, and running a car."

He added there are also people who claim they are disinterested by the notion of having a vehicle.

Moving forward, the pastime of driving has to be made more appealing if youngsters are going to continue to get behind the wheel, or else everyone will end up getting the bus with their really good phones. ADNFCR-2576-ID-801353239-ADNFCR

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