Traffic volume

GB licensed vehicles by type (thousands)

Cars Motorcycles Light Goods Vehicles Heavy Goods Vehicles Buses and coaches Other vehicles Total
2000 24,405.55 953.74 2,382.59 471.48 172.57 511.66 28,897.58
2001 25,125.87 1,009.95 2,461.38 477.49 171.62 500.83 29,747.13
2002 25,781.93 1,070.02 2,542.26 485.44 172.99 504.02 30,556.67
2003 26,240.40 1,134.68 2,652.91 491.12 174.69 513.55 31,207.36
2004 27,028.10 1,191.17 2,822.44 505.78 177.66 533.71 32,258.86
2005 27,520.40 1,206.39 2,943.38 508.18 178.44 540.60 32,897.38
2006 27,609.17 1,209.56 3,023.08 508.27 177.02 543.39 33,070.48
2007 28,000.26 1,248.32 3,148.89 510.84 176.93 565.74 33,650.98
2008 28,160.70 1,274.57 3,191.40 495.91 175.45 585.34 33,883.38
2009 28,246.47 1,275.64 3,184.55 477.78 173.73 600.26 33,958.43
2010 28,420.88 1,234.37 3,207.79 470.13 171.20 615.78 34,120.15
2011 28,467.29 1,238.32 3,248.29 465.47 168.06 641.16 34,228.59
2012 28,722.45 1,224.85 3,280.62 460.62 166.30 667.49 34,522.32
2013 29,140.94 1,219.40 3,353.89 468.88 164.46 686.92 35,034.49
2014 29,611.49 1,216.17 3,471.28 473.93 163.05 697.19 35,633.11
2015 30,250.29 1,230.78 3,633.58 483.36 162.70 706.78 36,467.49
2016 30,850.44 1,248.07 3,781.98 493.64 161.50 721.17 37,256.80
2017 31,200.18 1,233.59 3,898.15 499.35 158.43 745.29 37,734.99
2018 31,517.60 1,242.69 4,009.89 500.29 154.99 758.58 38,184.03
2019 31,888.45 1,250.21 4,123.26 501.48 151.97 767.36 38,682.72

Source: DfT.

GB traffic by vehicle type (billion vehicle miles)

Source: DfT.

GB traffic by road class (billion vehicle miles)

Motorway Rural Urban All 'A' roads All major roads All minor roads All roads
2000 54.90 38.10 65.10 131.50 186.40 103.20 289.70
2001 56.40 38.00 65.50 133.70 190.10 103.60 293.70
2002 57.60 39.70 67.50 135.80 193.40 107.20 300.60
2003 57.80 39.50 67.70 137.30 195.10 107.30 302.40
2004 60.00 40.40 67.30 139.20 199.30 107.70 306.90
2005 60.30 40.80 67.20 138.60 198.90 107.90 306.90
2006 61.80 42.20 66.90 140.50 202.30 109.10 311.40
2007 62.50 43.70 68.10 139.70 202.20 111.80 314.10
2008 62.20 43.70 66.70 138.50 200.70 110.30 311.00
2009 61.80 42.40 65.70 138.20 200.00 108.10 308.10
2010 61.00 43.10 65.20 136.40 197.40 108.40 305.80
2011 61.80 42.50 66.90 137.00 198.80 109.40 308.20
2012 62.40 42.10 68.80 135.80 198.20 110.80 309.00
2013 63.30 43.60 69.10 135.80 199.20 112.70 311.90
2014 64.80 46.70 72.20 138.50 203.30 118.90 322.20
2015 66.50 48.40 73.70 141.00 207.50 122.10 329.60
2016 67.70 50.80 74.90 144.90 212.50 125.60 338.20
2017 68.70 50.60 79.50 146.50 215.10 130.10 345.20
2018 69.00 51.30 80.60 148.60 217.60 131.90 349.50
2019 70.50 52.60 83.20 150.20 220.70 135.80 356.50

Source: DfT.

Increase in GB road traffic 2000-2019 (billion vehicle miles)

Source: DfT.

Traffic volume
In this section:

The biggest change in traffic has been the increase in the number of licensed light commercial vehicles which grew by more than 75% between 2000-2019.

Local roads are showing a disproportionate increase in traffic volumes in comparison with motorways and A roads.

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