To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his reply of 7 March, Official Report, columns 97–98, to the hon. Member for Gloucester, what is the cost of each intensive local comaign to discourage the evasion of vehicle excise duty carried out during 1987–88; what size of geographical area is covered by each such campaign; and if he has plans to establish a nationwide campaign.
The costs to the Department, together with the relicensing revenue and the court penalties imposed on evaders, of each of the campaigns already held or under way in the present financial year are estimated as follows:
|DTp1costs||Relicensing revenue||Court penalties|
|Lothian and Borders||49,000||688,000||6,700|
|October 1987 (All Wales)|
|1 Police costs are not included; in total, they are probably of a similar order of magnitude.|
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimates have been made by his Department about the number of cars which are in use without a valid road fund licence.
The most recent estimate of vehicle excise duty evasion in Great Britain is based on a national survey in June 1984 which indicated that 580,000 unlicensed cars and vans were in use on the road.