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Motor Vehicles: Licensing

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has of the current number of unlicensed (a) cars, (b) vans, (c) lorries and (d) motorcycles, broken down by make; and if he will make a statement. (256724)

Estimates of the number of unlicensed vehicles in use in Great Britain are available by taxation class. Estimates for 2008 (in thousands) were as follows:

Taxation class

Estimated number of unlicensed vehicles (thousand)

Rate of unlicensed vehicles in active stock (percentage)

Private and light goods

265

0.9

Goods

3

0.7

Motorcycle

44

3.6

Bus

1

0.6

Exempt

15

0.7

Other

2

1.8

All taxation classes

330

1.0

These estimates cannot be disaggregated by vehicle make.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many unlicensed (a) cars, (b) vans, (c) lorries and (d) motorcycles were (i) clamped and (ii) crushed in each of the last three years for which information is available, broken down by make; what legislation authorises the (A) clamping and (B) crushing of unlicensed vehicles; and if he will make a statement. (256725)

A breakdown of the total number of vehicles clamped and crushed under Department for Transport legislation for the last three years is given in the following table. The figure for each year includes cars, vans, lorries and motorcycles. The statistical data held by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency are not held in such a way to allow figures to be broken down by make.

Calendar year

Vehicles clamped

Vehicles crushed

2006

89,941

38,309

2007

128,681

45,802

2008

157,977

59,409

The legislation that enables both the clamping and crushing of unlicensed vehicles is the Vehicle Excise Duty (Immobilisation, Removal and Disposal of Vehicles) Regulations 1997, as amended.