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Road traffic volumes on main roads continue to grow – larger share of heavy-duty vehicles

Road traffic volumes on main roads continue to grow – larger share of heavy-duty vehicles

Published 23.8.2016

The total traffic volumes on main roads increased by about 1.8 per cent in January-July compared with the same period last year. There was a significant increase (2.8 %) in especially the share of heavy-duty vehicles (lorries and buses). The increase of heavy-duty vehicles was most rapid in April-May.

The share of light-duty vehicles (cars and vans) on the main roads increased by 1.7 per cent. From a regional perspective, the differences in car and van volumes were negligible. The traffic volumes increased the most in Lapland (3.3 %), and in Central Finland (2.9 %). The only slight decrease in traffic volumes (0.2 %) was shown in South-eastern Finland.

There were greater regional differences in heavy-duty transport than in light-duty transport. The most significant increase was registered in Lapland, where the share of heavy-duty vehicles increased by 4.9 per cent. In Uusimaa, there was a similar increase of 4.6 per cent. In South-eastern Finland, the share of heavy-duty vehicles showed a further decrease of about 0.6 per cent. Transport statistics in this area are highly affected by the decreasing traffic volumes across the eastern border.

Data about traffic on main roads is obtained from automatic traffic counting systems (LAM).

Further information

More information about volumes and changes in road transport can be found on the FTA's web pages Statistics on road transport

Tilastot(at)liikennevirasto.fi

Information Service Specialist Erkki Pakarinen, phone +358 29 534 3668


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