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Roads (Expenditure)

Volume 116: debated on Wednesday 13 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will publish in the Official Report a table showing for 1987–88 taxation revenue and public road cost figures and also a table showing taxation revenue, attributed costs, revenue to costs ratio and the number of vehicles, including in the calculation the increased road maintenance expenditure announced at the time of the current year's Budget statement.

The information requested is given in the following two tables. Further information on motor tax revenue and track costs will be given in the Department's annual paper "The allocation of road track costs", due to be published shortly.

Table 2

Taxation revenue, attributed costs, revenue to cost ratios and numbers of vehicles in selected categories

GVW (tonnes) over

not over

Taxation revenue per vehicle

Attributed costs, per vehicle2

Taxes minus costs

Revenue to costs ratio

Estimated number of vehicles at September 1987





Rigid vehicles

2 axle3·54901803102·7:1143
3 axle23254,1403,9501901·1:126
4 axle29316,4606,1003601·1:118

Articulated vehicles

3 axle23254,2803,1201,1701·4:12
4 axle31337,5406,0001,5401·3:137
5 axle (2+3)363810,3007,7302,5701·3:124
6 axle36388,5906,0602,5301·4:13

Figures for costs and taxes are rounded to the nearest £10, so taxes minus costs may not equal the difference of the figures shown for taxes and costs.