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Mechanically Propelled Road Vehicles

Volume 465: debated on Monday 16 May 1949

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asked the Minister of Transport how many mechanically propelled vehicles are at present on the roads in Great Britain, giving the number of each separate classification available; and how many he estimates there will be in 1955 and 1960.

The most recent figures available are those of mechanically propelled road vehicles for which licences were current on 28th February, 1949. These are approximately as follows:—

Cycles and pedestrian controlled vehicles447,000
Hackney Vehicles (including tramcars)129,000
Agricultural Tractors, etc.220,000
General Haulage Tractors4,000
Goods Vehicles of all kinds764,000
Exempt Vehicles (Service vehicles, ambulances, etc.)73,000
I do not consider it practicable to form a reliable estimate of the corresponding numbers for 1955 and 1960.