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Vehicles

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the proportion of the projected growth in vehicle use up to 2025 which is attributable to population growth. (139549)

The Department does not estimate the proportion of projected growth attributed to population alone. Estimates of the combined impact of growing population and employment on vehicle use have been published in the supporting papers to the Eddington study at:

http://www.dft.qov.uk/about/strategy/eddingtonstudy/researchannexes/researchannexesvolume3/transportdemand (page 26).

The combined impact of population and employment change account for 21 per cent. of projected traffic growth over the period 2003 to 2025.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many foreign registered vehicles left England in each year since 1997, broken down by category of vehicle. (139552)

The following table provides estimates of foreign registered lorries leaving the UK, and of vehicles used by foreign residents leaving the UK.

Passenger vehicles driven by foreign residents and foreign registered lorries leaving the UK (million)1,2

Cars and motorcycles

Coaches

Lorries

1997

1.1

0.1

0.6

1998

1.0

0.1

0.7

1999

1.1

3

0.9

2000

0.8

3

1.0

2001

0.7

3

1.2

2002

0.9

3

1.3

2003

0.8

3

1.3

2004

0.8

0.1

1.5

2005

0.9

0.1

1.5

2006

0.9

0.1

1.5

1 Cars, motorcycles and coaches estimated based on the number of foreign residents leaving the UK together with average vehicle occupancy rates.

2 Includes channel tunnel but excludes movements across the Irish land boundary.

3 Denotes less than half final digit shown (coaches estimated at approximately 50,000 per year).

Source:

International Passenger Survey (ONS) and Survey of Road Goods Vehicles (DfT).

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many UK registered vehicles there were in each year since 1997, broken down by category of vehicle. (139553)

The information requested is in the following tables:

Motor vehicles currently licensed, by taxation group, 1997-2005

Private and light goods

Body type cars

Other vehicles

Motor cycles scooters and mopeds

Buses

Goods

1997

21,681,000

2,317,000

626,000

79,000

414,000

1998

22,114,732

2,361,952

683,923

80,131

412,431

1999

22,784,568

2,427,277

759,592

83,661

414,553

2000

23,196,112

2,469,445

825,197

86,333

417,520

2001

23,898,844

2,543,761

881,656

88,562

422,043

2002

24,543,396

2,621,818

941,033

92,318

425,203

2003

24,984,664

2,730,099

1,004,718

96,117

425,928

2004

25,753,802

2,900,419

1,059,879

99,866

434,101

2005

26,207,656

3,018,555

1,075,045

103,033

432,929

Special machines/ special concession

Other vehicles

Crown and exempt

Special vehicles group

All vehicles

1997

249,000

38,000

1,522,000

48,000

26,974,000

1998

243,114

36,569

1,558,127

47,356

27,538,412

1999

241,264

36,288

1,573,309

46,993

28,367,560

2000

232,562

34,441

1,590,238

45,687

28,897,580

2001

232,538

33,079

1,601,602

45,044

29,747,130

2002

243,266

32,275

1,854,573

46,057

30,556,672

2003

257,626

31,913

1,886,735

47,185

31,207,360

2004

275,397

31,661

1,929,263

49,864

32,258,854

2005

282,960

30,836

1,978,219

51,109

32,897,384

Note: Figures for 2006 are not yet available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has had from rural and farming organisations on the Off Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill; and if he will make a statement. (139678)

This Department has received representations from rural and farming organisations on the Off Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill; expressing reservations at the scope of the Bill.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will estimate the number of additional vehicles which would be included in the provisions of the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 should the Off Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill become law unamended, broken down by vehicle. (139694)

This Department estimates that up to three million additional vehicles could be included under the provisions of an amended Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 should the Off Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill become law. It is estimated that this figure could increase by approximately 500,000 new vehicles per annum.

These estimates have not been broken down by vehicle.