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British road traffic levels drop

Car insurance premiums could be set to fall as it emerges that traffic levels on British roads dropped 2.1% in the first quarter of 2010, compared with the same period last year.

Provisional Government figures revealed that car traffic was down 3%, while heavy goods vehicle traffic fell by 2%.

However, the Department for Transport figures reveal a 2% increase in van traffic.

The figures also demonstrated that the average delay on the slowest 10% of journeys on England's motorways and major A-roads dropped to 3.65 minutes for the 12 months ending in March 2010.

This is down on the average delay figure of 3.90 minutes for the 12 months ending March 2008.

The statistics also showed that in Britain, comparing January-March 2010 with January-March 2009, traffic on urban A-roads remained unchanged, while traffic on rural A-roads decreased by 2%.

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