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Road traffic in 2015 was 1.6% higher than in 2014, and the highest level on record, overtaking the previous high from 2007.
Cars and taxis made up 78% of motor vehicle traffic but the fastest growth in traffic was light goods vehicles. Traffic of LGVs grew 4.2% from 45.0 to 46.9 billion vehicle miles.
At the end of 2015 there were 37.1 million licensed vehicles in Great Britain, of which 30.7 million were cars.
62% of car journeys in England in 2015 had only one occupant. The average occupancy rate was 1.56 people per car.
75% of households had access to a car or van in 2015. 33% had two or more cars or vans.
Commons Briefing papers SN02659
Author: Tom Rutherford