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Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport (1) how many miles UK and foreign-registered heavy goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes travelled on UK (a) motorways and (b) trunk roads in the last 12 months for which figures are available; (306643)

(2) how many miles UK and foreign-registered heavy goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes travelled on all UK roads in the last 12 months for which figures are available.

[holding answer 14 December 2009]: Statistics for miles travelled by UK and Foreign heavy good vehicles are not available for travel on UK roads. Figures are available for travel on roads in Great Britain.

Heavy goods vehicles (over 3.5 tonnes) travelled 17.8 billion vehicle miles on all roads in Great Britain in 2008, of which 7.5 billion vehicle miles were on motorways and 3.8 billion miles were on trunk roads.

In 2008, 3.5 per cent. of all HGV traffic in Great Britain was estimated to be driven by foreign registered vehicles.

The estimated miles travelled by UK and foreign registered heavy goods vehicles and road class is shown in the following table.

Billion vehicle miles

Registered heavy goods vehicles

UK

Foreign

Total

All roads

17.2

0.6

17.8

Of which:

Motorways

7.2

0.3

7.5

Trunk roads1

3.7

0.1

3.8

1 The estimate of foreign registered heavy goods vehicles on trunk roads is calculated from the proportion of foreign registered HGVs on all A roads, which includes principle roads and trunk roads.

Sources:

Traffic—National Road Traffic Survey

Registration—Vehicle Excise Duty Evasion survey (June 2008)