Transport is essential for economic development. Businesses must be able to transport their goods and people must be able to travel to work and to school. Many public services, such as waste management, health care, and the postal service, depend on transport by motorway, railway, harbours, and airports. The transport industry provides a great deal of direct and indirect employment and is beneficial to tourism and local businesses. For this reason, global road transport is essential for the economic growth of a country. But there is also a less positive side. Road transport dominates the global use of oil: Eighty per cent of all energy used for transport is used for road transport. Cars, lorries, and other road users make up the fastest-growing group of end users of oil. As a result, the use of oil in the transport sector is growing by one half per cent per year. In recent years, car ownership among private individuals has increased, and economic growth is resulting in more goods being transported by road. This means more traffic congestion in urban areas, which in turn causes health problems due to air pollution and an increase in the number of traffic accidents. In the Netherlands alone, there are nearly 139,000 kilometres of roads. Municipal streets and roads are the most common type of road in the Netherlands, making up 86% of all Dutch roads. Although the Dutch motorway is well maintained, between roughly the 1980s and the mid-2000s very few investments were made in expansion, making traffic jams a common occurrence. After 2005, many needed projects were implemented, such as the large-scale improvements to the A2 between Amsterdam and Eindhoven and the expansion of the capacity of the Coen Tunnel on the A10 to the west of Amsterdam. The widest motorway in the Netherlands is at the interchange of the A15 and A16 near Rotterdam, where there are a total of sixteen lanes. As traffic flows become heavier and more complex, it is extremely important that all traffic control systems function reliably, no matter how extreme the weather. This is only possible with high-quality housing. Staka produces the outdoor boxes that ensure these processes run smoothly and safely. The various Staka outdoor boxes are used to house traffic control systems, number plate recognition systems, DRIP systems, and matrix boards. If you have any questions relating to the traffic segment, feel free to contact our adviser Menko Drost.