The lockdown restrictions have eased in most parts of the world including Europe and North America. In India, things have started to return to normal with Lockdown 4.0 allowing more services including non-essentials, offices, public transport, interstate travel, etc. to function. In most cities, people are now allowed to commute between 7 am to 7 pm.
With people emerging out of their homes, fear of COVID spread still exists especially when it comes to commuting and daily travel. Most global cities have seen a spike in the usage of cars with more and more people choosing personal transportation rather than depending on public transport.
We at CARS24 earlier conducted a research study to understand consumer behavior, travel, and commuting preferences in the post COVID world. Conclusions from the study included the change in everyday travel preferences, 41 percent of Indians vowed to use their personal car over public transport services like buses, trains, metro, and even shared taxi services.
Looks like the data from CARS24’s research study is proving to be true in many parts of the world. According to Apple Maps data accessed by Bloomberg, the use of public transport reduced by 61 percent over pre-COVID times in Berlin, Germany although the use of personal vehicles recovered by 28 percent below normal. In Ottawa, Canada driving shot up by 20 percent from April but mass transit remains 80 percent below normal. In Madrid Spain, driving has recovered by 68 percent below normal compared to 80 percent in April, public transport is down by 87 percent. In China cities like Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou have witnessed more morning traffic than in 2019 while the usage of public transport remains low.
The lockdown 4.0 that started on Monday saw most people continue to work from home even with considerable relaxation with respect to traffic regulations and travel. We believe that big cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, and Bangalore will rely on using more of cars while the people in smaller India cities will prefer to use motorcycles.
In our study, we also found the nearly 42 percent of Indians will prefer to buy a family cars likely a pre-owned after the lockdown. It is better to be safe than sorry, given the risk of virus spread using crowded public transport after the lockdown in a densely populated country like ours. We live in times where you can find a used car to buy under 1 lakh in India with just a click!
What is your choice of transport post the lockdown?
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