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Private And Commercial Vehicles (Mileage)

Volume 959: debated on Thursday 30 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) private vehicles on private business, (b) private vehicles on commercial business and (c) commercial vehicles travelled less than 5,000 miles, 5,000–10,000 miles, 10,000–15,000 miles, 15,000–20,000 miles, 20,000–25,000 miles, 25,000–30,000 miles, 30,000–35,000 miles 35,000–40,000 miles and over 40,000 miles in each of the last five years.

Mileage data are available only from the 1975–76 national travel survey which enable estimates to be made of annual mileage for vehicles available to households for private travel. Some 3·9, 4·5, 3·9, 1·1 and 0·6 million household cars travel a total of 0·4, 5·8, 9·14, 15·20 and 21-plus thousand miles a year respectively. Over one-quarter of these cars are used at least 500 miles a year for business purposes. Of these, some 1·9, 0·8, 0·6 and 0·4 million cars travel 0·5–4, 5–8, 9–14, 15-plus thousand miles a year on business respectively.