Title: Provisional road traffic estimates Great Britain: October 2016 - September 2017

Organisation: Department for Transport
Date uploaded: 3rd January 2018
Date published/launched: November 2017

The number of vehicle miles travelled by vans on the roads of Great Britain rose to a record high in the 12 months ending September 2017, as a result of a 3% year-on-year increase.

Provisional figures published by the DfT show that 50.1bn miles were travelled by light commercial vehicles (LCVs) - the first time the figure has ever topped 50bn miles.

Looking at longer term trends, LCV traffic has risen by more than a fifth (21.7%) since the 12 months ending September 2012.

In total, there was 325.5bn vehicle miles travelled by all vehicle types during the year ending September 2017, a year-on-year rise of 1%.

The latest figures mean that rolling annual motor vehicle traffic has now increased to a record high for a ninth consecutive quarter.

Looking at other vehicle types, car and taxi traffic increased by 0.9% to a new high of 253.7bn miles for the year, while lorry traffic fell by 1.5% to 16.5bn miles.

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