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Decrease in road traffic levels

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In comparison with the first quarter of 2009, traffic levels on the country's roads dropped by 2.1% in the first three months of this year, it has been revealed.

According to the figures released by the Department for Transport, during the January-March period car traffic reduced 3% and heavy goods vehicle traffic fell 2% compared to the same period last year.

Although van traffic rose 2%, the overall decrease in traffic levels indicated that car insurance premiums could be set to fall.

Meanwhile for the 12 months to March this year, the delay on the slowest 10% of journeys on England's motorways and major A-roads dropped to 3.65 minutes on average.

The provisional 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 reduced by 2%.

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