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Car traffic broadly stable but van usage continues to rise

Van and lorry traffic have increased over the last year but car and taxi traffic remained fairly static.


Lex said customers are increasingly turning to electric vans for low-mileage operations but diesels remain the core fuel type for longer journeys

Van traffic rose 3.7% for the year ending June 2018

Latest provisional estimates from the Department for Transport show van traffic for the year ending June 2018 rose by 3.7% to 51.7bn vehicle miles and lorry traffic was up 1.3% to 17.2bn vehicle miles compared to the previous year.

In contrast, car traffic remained broadly stable at 253.0bn vehicle miles with just a 0.1% increase.

The research also found traffic on motorways and minor roads increased by 0.7% and 0.9% respectively. Traffic on ‘A’ roads saw less of an increase with a 0.4% rise.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news.