UK motorists travelled record number of miles in 2017

Greenhouse gases emitted by cars has decreased, Department for Transport data also shows

UK motorists travelled record number of miles in 2017
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Government figures show UK motorists travelled 327 billion miles in 2017 – 1.3 per cent more than in 2016.

Of the total mileage, 254 billion were covered by passenger cars, 51 billion by vans, 17 billion by lorries, three billion by motorcycles and two billion by buses.

Data from the Department for Transport (DfT) also shows the volume of greenhouse gases emitted by cars has decreased by three per cent since 1990, despite car traffic having risen 22 per cent over the same period of time.

Motorways saw 21 per cent of the traffic, while urban A roads saw 15 per cent, rural A roads saw 30 per cent, urban minor roads saw 20 per cent and rural minor roads saw 14 per cent.

AA president, Edmund King said cars are the most popular form of transport because they are “flexible, cost-effective, personal and safe”.

He added: “It is lamentable that for all the pontificating about the sins of driving, the alternatives continue to fail to evolve.”

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