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Heavy Goods Vehicles

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of miles heavy goods vehicles registered in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) overseas travelled on roads in the UK in each year since 1997. (256991)

The Department’s Continuing Survey of Road Goods Transport (CSRGT) provides an estimate of the distance travelled by British registered HGVs. The information is provided in the following table extracted from table 1.1 in Road Freight Statistics 2007:

http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/statistics/datatablespublications/freight/goodsbyroad/roadfreightstatistics2007

Distanced travelled by GB registered HGVs—1997 to 2007

Billion Vehicle kms

1997

23.1

1998

23.3

1999

23.1

2000

23.0

2001

22.2

2002

22.2

2003

22.2

2004

22.3

2005

22.2

2006

22.3

2007

22.4

Information on foreign registered HGVs is not routinely collected. However in the 2003 Survey of Foreign HGV Activity it was estimated that foreign registered HGVs travelled 0.9 billion kilometres. A similar survey will be taking place in 2009 to provide an update of this estimate.