DfT reveals travel statistics on road users

15th December 2011

Tyres are being worn down on Britain's roads more than ever before, following a long-term increase in the total distance travelled by road in cars, vans and taxis.

According to figures released by the Department for Transport, the number of licensed vehicles in Great Britain has increased from four million in 1950 to over 34 million in 2010.

Although traffic levels fell by 1.6 per cent between 2009 and 2010, they are now 6.2 per cent higher than they were in 2000.

This increase in road users has been accompanied by a 13 per cent increase in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transport for the period between 1990 and 2009, even though total GHG emissions have fallen by 25 per cent over that period.

On a more positive note, road casualties have fallen significantly in the same period, falling by 39 per cent between 1990 and 2010 despite a 20 per cent increase in traffic.

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