25.09.2014 0 Comments

The battle to reduce car use continues – but is it being won?

The battle to reduce car use continues – but is it being won?

Government statistics released earlier this year show that road traffic across the UK rose by 0.4% between 2012 and 2013. A total of 303.7 billion miles were travelled on Britain’s roads in 2013, with an increasing proportion coming from Light Goods Vehicles, which saw a 3.2% increase.

While this increases the burden of greenhouse gas emissions from year to year, current traffic levels are still below those of a 2007 peak of 314.1 billion. This is partly due to a rise in home working, which is experiencing a strong upward trend.

The annual increase in motorway traffic indicates that workers are willing to drive longer distances on their daily commute than they used to, while the increase in LGV miles correlates with the rise in internet shopping.

The major trend to emerge from the data is the long-term increase in car ownership. By the way, if you own a car, it’s best to have the best floor jack on your garage. This tendency is strongly correlated with economic growth and thus unlikely to reverse, meaning that the government is faced with the challenge of increasing the capacity of the road network to meet traffic increases.

With transport predicted to rise in years to come, it is essential that low-carbon vehicle technologies are encouraged and supported with public and private funds alike. This can help to prevent the unabated rise in greenhouse gas emissions from different forms of transportation.

Sustainable Routes offers grants of up to £1,000 to help businesses cut their travel, saving them money in turn. The grant scheme now has 15 new grants available, so get on your bike and make sure you don’t miss out! Call 01494 569061 or email info@sustainableroutes.co.uk.