"motorist" and "driver"

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Do the words "motorist" and "driver" mean the same? What is the most noticeable difference between the two? I don't know, frankly, what context to give. There are many examples from the dictionary ( https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/driver) for "driver". I'll copy and paste here a half of them. Is it possible to change "driver" to "motorist" in these examples?


  • ‘Surely, however, the views of the drivers of the 40,000 vehicles, who often are themselves residents of the wider local area, are equally important.’
  • ‘If he's a student, a daily driver probably drives a vehicle that used to belong to his parents.’
  • ‘Speeding by drivers of heavy vehicles, especially those of private buses, has become a real threat to fellow road users and pedestrians alike.’
  • ‘Clearways and other parking restrictions will be in force on roads around the racecourse and police have warned drivers their vehicles will be towed away if parked illegally.’
  • ‘Many truck drivers also park their vehicles in this area.’
  • ‘People of all ages stood on the footpaths cheering on the vehicles and their drivers as they passed through the towns generously donating into the collection boxes.’
  • ‘Recently, drivers of high-accessibility vehicles have been using the cart-tracks and even the meadows as short cuts.’
  • ‘This is because, car owners are more careful drivers, than heavy vehicle drivers.’
  • ‘The arrests came after the police received reports that a gang of youths were allegedly hurling racist abuse at taxi drivers and damaging vehicles.’
  • ‘Others will be taxi drivers, students, shopkeepers or their sons.’
  • ‘He proposed the council give incentives to taxi drivers to convert their vehicles to liquefied petroleum gas, which is much cleaner.’
  • ‘Utility workers, Social Security employees, students and taxi drivers rallied in support of the strikers in San Jose on the same day.’
  • ‘Why don't you get the opinion of people who use the system, such as bus drivers and taxi drivers, instead of someone down the road?’
  • ‘That, in the view of this paper and thousands of frustrated motorists, bus passengers, taxi drivers and truckers, is totally unacceptable.’
 

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Is it possible to change "driver" to "motorist" in these examples?
If you had looked up motorist in the same dictionary, you would have seen that it clearly isn't possible.
 

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If you had looked up motorist in the same dictionary, you would have seen that it clearly isn't possible.
I had looked up "motorist" as well, but I can't see the difference.
"Driver" - A person who drives a vehicle.
"Motorist" - The driver of a car.
Looking through the examples for both words didn't give me any clear picture either, unfortunately. :-(
 

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To take just one example:


  • ‘Many truck drivers also park their vehicles in this area.’

A truck is not a car.

Here is a truck among lots of cars:

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So "motorist" is for car drivers only, right? Not buses, trucks, motorbikes and so on?
 

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And not for taxis, as I can see. So it should be some private kind of car (if it's possible to say so). Right?
 

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Only driver can be used for someone who drives professionally.
 

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And you can't talk about the motorist of a car. A car's driver may be a motorist in journalistic English, but it doesn't work the other way around.
 
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