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Lorries: Road Traffic

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many miles heavy goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes travelled on dual carriageways in England in the most recent year for which figures are available; and what information his Department holds on the equivalent figures for (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland. (308560)

[holding answer 6 January 2010]: The estimated miles travelled by heavy goods vehicles on dual carriageways in England, Wales and Scotland in 2008 is shown in the following table.

Road network information for dual carriageways is not available for Northern Ireland.

Heavy goods vehicles

Billion vehicle miles

England

3.5

Scotland

0.4

Wales

0.2

Great Britain

4.1

Northern Ireland

Not available

Source:

National Road Traffic Survey (2008).

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 (a) motorways and (b) trunk roads in England in the last year for which figures are available; and what information his Department holds on the equivalent figures for (i) Scotland, (ii) Wales and (iii) Northern Ireland; (308561)

(2) how many miles UK and foreign registered heavy goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes travelled on all roads in England in the last year for which figures are available; and what information his Department holds on the equivalent figures for (a) Scotland, (b) Wales and (c) Northern Ireland.

[holding answer 6 January 2010]: The Department for Transport does not hold figures on traffic or the country of vehicle registration for Northern Ireland, but the estimated miles travelled by UK and foreign registered heavy goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes on all roads in England, Scotland and Wales is shown in the following table.

HGV traffic on all roads by registration and region, 2008

Billion vehicle miles

Registered heavy goods vehicles

UK

Foreign

Total

England

4.78

0.56

15.3

Scotland

1.68

0.03

1.7

Wales

0.77

0.03

0.8

Sources:

Traffic: National Road Traffic Survey.

Registration: Vehicle Excise Duty Evasion Survey (June 2008).

Due to small sample sizes, the estimates of miles driven in England, Scotland and Wales will be subject to a margin of uncertainty, and the sample size is too small to provide reliable estimates of the miles travelled by road class.