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Roads And Transport Policy

Volume 981: debated on Friday 28 March 1980

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asked the Minister of Transport if he will publish in the Official Report a table showing for 1980–81 the taxation revenue and public road cost figures in the same format as on page 112 of the transport policy consultation document; if he will present a table showing the revenue, cost and revenue to cost ratios for the principal categories of goods vehicles; if he will break down the road cost figures into constituent components; and if he will present revised revenue to cost ratios for cars including the value added tax paid on fuel and car sales.

The information is given below:

Taxation revenue and public road costs 1980–81 (United Kingdom) (see attached table 1).
Taxation revenue, attributed costs and revenue to cost ratios of the principal categories of goods vehicles (see attached table 2).
The average expenditure on highway provision, maintenance and administration, and on traffic policing in the three years ending 1980–81 at mid-1980–81 prices is estimated to be:

£ million
New construction1,085
Maintenance1,040
Administration250
Traffic policing185
2,560
The difference between the £2,560 million estimated expenditure shown above and the £2,360 million shown in table 1 as "Costs attributed" arises from £200 million of expenditure attributed to pedestrians and motor cyclists.The revenue to cost ratios for cars in 1980–81 including VAT on petrol and on car sales—and car tax—is estimated to be:

Non-business4·1:1
Business3·6:1

TABLE 1
TAXATION REVENUE AND PUBLIC ROAD COSTS 1980–81—UNITED KINGDOM

Estimated taxation revenue

Revenue to cost ratios

Vehicle category

Vehicle numbers (thousands)

VED £m.

Fuel tax £m.

Total £m.

Car tax £ m.

Total including car tax £m.

Costs attributed £m.

Excluding car tax

Including car tax

Cars and taxis—
non-business15,3356701,7352,4054202,8251,0202·4:12·8:1
business2506458951551,0503802·4:12·8:1
Buses and coaches774110*114114751·5:11·5:1
Light vans (under 30 cwt. unladen)1,25390215305305903·4:13·4:1
Goods vehicles (over 30 cwt. unladen)—not over 3·5 tonnes GVW631010202072·9:12·9:1
over 3·5 tonnes GVW5162855358208207901·0:11·0:1
All vehicles17,2441,3093,2504,5595755,1342,3601·9:12·2:1
* Fuel tax rebate on stage services (£80m.) not deducted.

TABLE 2
TAXATION REVENUE, ATTRIBUTED COSTS AND REVENUE TO COST RATIOS OF THE PRINCIPAL CATEGORIES OF GOODS VEHICLES

GVW (tonnes)

Over

Not over

Taxation revenue £

Attributed costs £

Revenue to costs ratio

Rigid vehicles
2 axles3·553701402·6:1
12139205601·6:1
16171,4001,4401·0:1
3 axles16179305001·9:1
24252,2802,3801·0:1
4 axles24252,0801,5201·4:1
30313,5603,9700·9:1
Articulated vehicles
3 axles12131,0003502·9:1
16171,2206002·0:1
24252,1702,1401·0:1
4 axles25262,3501,5401·5:1
32333,7004,4900·8:1
5 axles32333,6702,7601·3:1

asked the Minister of Transport if he will publish in the Official Report, in the same format as in the latest expenditure White Paper, a table

TABLE 2.6
6. ROADS AND TRANSPORT (DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT)
£ million at 1979 survey prices
1974–751975–761976–771977–781978–791979–801980–811981–821982–831983–84
Motorways and trunk roads
New construction and improvement536517420279280287302
Maintenance67798378899391
Total603596503357369380393390390390
Local transport
Capital:
Roads—new construction and improvement432447426265236275%441420410410
Car parks422520121112
Public transport investment218226214217201195
Current:
Roads—maintenance543531491472518482479870830840
Car parks2—4—6—11—10—15
Road safety etc.14877987
Local authority administration174184161158159159152
Passenger transport subsidies:
British Rail242322292934190
Bus, underground and ferry services188244222172168176
Concessionary fares71979792969795
Total1,7081,7851,6561,4181,4161,4281,3491,2901,2401,250

showing those items of the reads and transport budget for which he has responsibility.

Central government subsidies to transport industries British Rail
Passenger subsidies657432395381342391393
Level crossing grant151213111213
Replacement allowance14525454
Pensions861471401228810836
Other subsidies4213041631
National Freight Corporation12393414107
New bus grants to nationalised industries and private operators26302626282825
Other central government support112388
Total811767654598541612536520510500
Ports and shipping Ports38586566646960505050
Other transport services
Roads and transport administration18181916161616
Transport research and other services33301075914
Total51482923212530303030
Total roads and transport3,2113,2542,9072,4622,4112,5142,3682,2802,2202,220