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Motor Vehicles: Foreigners

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the number of foreign-registered (a) heavy goods vehicles, (b) vans, (c) cars and (d) motorcycles using UK roads in each of the last five years. (279600)

Estimates of foreign registered traffic are not available for any years prior to 2007.

In 2007 0.5 per cent. of British traffic, around one in every 215 kilometres, was estimated to be driven by foreign registered vehicles. These 2007 figures are not available broken down by vehicle type, and such estimates could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

However, estimates of the rate of foreign registered traffic for 2008, including analyses by vehicle type, are due to be published within the Department for Transport's Statistical Bulletin, ‘Road Statistics 2008’, on 25 June 2009.