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Vehicle mileage level reaches all-time high in 2016

Date: 10 November 2016   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Vehicle mileage levels reached a record high in the year ending September 2016, the Department for Transport has announced.

According to the Government's provisional statistics, 320 billion vehicle miles were travelled on UK roads, an increase of 1.4% compared with the previous year, while distance covered have increased successively for the last 15 quarters.

Car mileage increased by 0.9% to a record of 249.4 billion miles, 1.2 billion more than the pre-recession peak for the year ending September 2007.

But much of the increase can be attributed to the surging popularity in vans, with LCV total journey lengths hitting a new peak of 48.2 billion vehicle miles, an increase of 3.8% on 2015's figures.

Over the last 20 years, van mileages have increased by 70.0%, the Government said, with LCVs being the fastest growing traffic type for the last four years.

The estimates are based on data collected continuously from a network of 200 automatic traffic counters around the country.

According to the Government, increases in mileage levels in the last three years is reflective of the growing economy (the UK's GDP increased by 7.7% compared with September 2013) and lower fuel prices, with the price of petrol 20.7% lower today than three years ago.

Motorway usage is now at a record level too, thanks to a rise of 2.5% compared with September 2013 to 67.7 billion vehicle miles, an increase of 41.1% compared with 20 years ago.