The volume of motor traffic in the UK has fallen for the third year in a row, according to new figures published by the DfT.
‘Transport Statistics Great Britain: 2011’ reveals that in 2010 traffic on Britain’s roads amounted to 308.1 billion miles; a 1.6% decline on 2009.
This follows a 1% year on year fall between 2008 and 2009, and a 0.8% fall between 2007 and 2008. This is the first time motor vehicle traffic has fallen for three consecutive years since records began in 1949.
The fall has been attributed to lower levels of car use, with a 2.1% year on year reduction. HGV and light van traffic, however, both registered a slight increase on 2009 levels.
Talking to the Daily Mail, Luke Bosdet, AA spokesperson, said: “People are being priced off the roads, and it is those on low incomes and those in rural areas who are worst affected.
“There is a real danger that motoring is being wound back to the 1960s and 70s, when it was by and large the preserve of the middle classes. Ministers need to read the runes and take action.”
However, the DfT’s National Transport Model suggests that the reduction is only a temporary trend, with a predicted 43% rise between 2003 and 2043. In the same period light van traffic is predicted to rise by 103%.
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