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Overseas Lorries

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 24 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of (a) the number of lorries with overseas licence plates which used UK roads in each of the last two years and (b) the miles travelled on UK roads by those lorries. (110491)

In 2004, 1.4 million foreign registered heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) travelled to mainland Europe from Great Britain, while in 2005 the figure was 1.5 million vehicles. It is not possible to provide a UK estimate since information on foreign vehicles leaving Northern Ireland via the Irish Land Boundary is not available.

The Department for Transport estimated that in 2003, the last year for which figures are available, foreign registered HGVs travelled 0.9 billion kilometres in Great Britain.