Vehicle Traffic on Britain’s Roads is at Record Highs


The Department of Transportation has released figures from 2013 that indicate that total traffic volume rose by 1.3% with the biggest increase being seen in mileage logged by light goods vehicles. The van traffic monitored during the fourth quarter of 2013 was the highest since the agency began keeping records in 1993. LGV traffic increased 3.9% from 2012 to 2013, and is approximately 20% higher than it was a decade ago. By contrast, the heavy goods vehicle mileage figures have dropped by more than ten percent in the same period of time. Experts feel that the differential represents fleet operators downsizing vehicles to more economical models.

The government’s response to the figures was a continuation of their drive to enact a £24 billion  commitment to road improvements. Though passenger vehicles and taxis continued to represent nearly 80% of the motor vehicle traffic on Britain’s roads as it has over the last several years, the Department of Transportation notes that the overall increase in traffic of 3% is a reflection of the growth in the economy, and the increase is expected to continue into the future.

The traffic report numbers were collected through a monitoring system of Automatic Traffic Counters, which not only record the number of vehicles but also the physical properties of those vehicles in order to properly classify them.

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