asked the Minister of Transport (1) if he will now order a survey of vehicle excise duty evasion by heavy goods vehicle operators;(2) what is the latest estimate of vehicle excise duty evasion by heavy goods vehicle operators, whether by operating unlicensed vehicles, or by paying at too low a rate.
The survey of evasion undertaken by the Department in 1977–78 suggested that the level of evasion for goods vehicles might be 10 to 13 per cent.,
|VEHICLE EXCISE DUTY: PENALTIES AND BACK DUTY 1979|
|London Area||Elsewhere in Great Britain|
|All Vehicles||Goods Vehicles||Other Vehicles|
|Mitigated penalties in lieu of prosecution*||174,666||177,560||1,177,112|
|* includes an element for back duty|
|†ordered by the Courts or collected as a result of Departmental check weighing.|