Rise in vehicles ‘not sustainable’ on UK roads

Road safety charity Brake is warning the Government that UK roads cannot cope with the sustained rise in motor vehicles.

New provisional figures from the Department for Transport show that traffic on the country’s roads has reached a record high.

In 2016, car traffic increased by 0.7%, compared to 2015, to a record high of 249.5 billion vehicle miles and HGV traffic grew by 2.8 per cent overall to 17.1 billion vehicle miles.

The figures should “give cause for alarm”, said Gary Rae, Brake’s campaigns director.

He added: “These rises are not sustainable. Provisional estimates suggest that both ‘A’ roads and motorways experienced the highest level of vehicle traffic recorded; motorway traffic increased by 2.1% to 67.9 billion vehicle miles in 2016, continuing a long-term trend of increasing motorway traffic over the past six years.

“The figures are heading the wrong way and we’re heading for gridlock. The government needs to get a grip and outline what it intends to do. Back in 2015, during Road Safety Week, we highlighted the lethal consequences of too many vehicles on our roads. The situation is becoming markedly worse.”

James Ash


Content Marketing Executive at

February 10, 2017

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