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Reduced Traffic Rate in Iceland

Rising fuel prices seem to be having an impact on the use of cars in Iceland. A survey by the Icelandic Road Administration in 16 different locations on the Ring Road show that the traffic rate has decreased significantly during the first two months of this year.

From Reykjavík. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

The traffic rate of January and February 2010 is 4.3 percent lower than during the same months of 2009. One has to go back to 2006 to find a lower traffic rate during those months, Morgunbladid reports.

The traffic rate dropped the most in south Iceland, by nine percent. In the capital region the rate decreased by 3.8 percent and by 2.6 percent in west Iceland. North Iceland (1.6 percent) and east Iceland (3.1 percent) are the only regions where the traffic rate increased.

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