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DfT statistics show van traffic continues to surge

  • 12 June 2014
  • By Robin Meczes

Light goods vehicle traffic has increased almost 20% in the last 10 years, new estimates from the DfT on traffic levels in Great Britain have shown. 

The DfT figures show that in 2013, light goods vehicles accounted for 42.6 billion vehicle-miles – up 3.2% on 2012 and up 19.4% on 2003. HGV traffic, meanwhile, totalled an estimated 15.7 billion vehicle-miles – up 0.9% on 2012 but down 11.2% on 2003. 

Total motor vehicle traffic in 2013 came to 303 billion vehicle-miles, up 0.4% on both 2012 and 2003, said the report. 

While car traffic, at 240bn vehicle-miles, did not increase in 2013 (down 0.1%) or in the ten years from 2003 (down 1%), the long-term trend of growth in traffic has mainly been a result of growth in car ownership, noted the DfT in the report.

“There may be a saturation point in car ownership in the future. However, there currently appears to still be some scope for further growth in ownership in some sections of the population,” it noted. 

Since the 1980s, cars have accounted for around 80% of all motor vehicle traffic and continue to be “the main contributor to changes in the volume of overall motor vehicle traffic”, added the DfT. 


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