Are there more cars on the roads?

Reacting to the news that motor vehicle traffic on Monday was at its highest weekday level since the coronavirus lockdown began, RAC Insurance spokesman Simon Williams said:

“Analysis of hundreds of thousands of RAC Insurance black box trips indicates the number of vehicles on the UK’s roads is rising.

“By the second week of the lockdown our data clearly showed the volume of vehicles being driven had fallen by 40%, but by the end of last week, this crept back up again by 10%. The number of separate trips being made by car has also risen by 14% since the beginning of April.

“With the lockdown still very much in force, it remains the case that none of us should be driving unless it’s for an essential trip. The fact we are now several weeks into the lockdown must not be used as an excuse to change our behaviour and venture out unnecessarily – our data seems to suggest some people may be finding more reasons to be on the road than earlier in April.”

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