The overwhelming growth in van traffic outweighs all other types of vehicle on our roads, rising 4.7% from 2015 to 49.1 billion vehicle miles in 2016.
A total of 323.7 billion miles were driven on the UK’s roads, seeing an increase of 2.2% over the previous year, according to figures provided by the Department for Transport.
Car traffic grew by 2% from 2015 to 252.6 billion vehicle miles, which is the highest recorded car traffic estimate ever produced. Lorry traffic also showed steady growth which has been the case over the previous few years.
Vans over recent years have grown hugely in importance, accounting for 15% of all motor vehicles traffic in 2016. This surge of importance can relate to economic changes in how businesses operate with the arrival of online shopping. Over the past 10 years we have seen a huge shift from physical shops in your high street, to e-commerce, which most businesses nowadays provide, often with next day delivery options on their products.
Therefore, creating huge demand for vans to expand existing company fleets, best example would be ao.com that provides millions of products, which will in turn need to be delivered.
Around £133bn was spent online with UK retailers in 2016, £18bn or 16% higher than in the previous year, according to IMRG and Capgemini.
Rural minor roads saw the largest proportional increase in van traffic (10.3%) followed by motorways (5.3%). Motorways and rural ‘A’ roads carried around half of all van traffic in 2016.