Private cars are the predominant mode of transport in Cape Town and a high percentage of households depend on cars to get around.

The Comprehensive Integrated Transport Plan 2013 – 2018 (page 12 and 13) notes that approximately 1 228 450 passengers a day make use of private cars, and there are 789 099 private cars registered in Cape Town.

In 2013 vehicle ownership was estimated at 306 cars per 1 000 people in the city.