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Road Traffic

Volume 504: debated on Thursday 21 January 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many journeys and what percentage of miles were made by each type of vehicle on (a) motorways and (b) dual carriageways in the UK in each of the last three years. (312493)

The Department for Transport does not hold data on the number of journeys made each year by type of vehicle on motorways or dual carriageways.

Traffic data on dual carriageways are not available for Northern Ireland. However, the percentage of miles driven by type of vehicle in Great Britain on motorways and dual carriageways in 2006, 2007 and 2008 is shown in the following table.

Percentage

Cars and taxis

Motorcycles

Buses and coaches

Light vans

Goods vehicles

Pedal cycles

All vehicles

2006

Motorways

14.5

0.1

0.1

2.4

2.4

0.0

19.4

Dual carriageways

14.4

0.2

0.1

2.2

1.3

18.2

All other roads

49.7

0.8

0.8

8.2

2.0

0.9

62.4

All roads

78.6

1.0

1.1

12.7

5.7

0.9

100.0

2007

Motorways

14.5

0.1

0.1

2.4

2.4

0.0

19.4

Dual carriageways

14.1

0.2

0.1

2.3

1.3

18.0

All other roads

49.6

0.8

0.9

8.5

2.0

0.8

62.6

All roads

78.1

1.1

1.1

13.2

5.7

0.8

100.0

2008

Motorways

14.6

0.1

0.1

2.4

2.4

0.0

19.5

Dual carriageways

14.2

0.1

0.1

2.3

1.3

18.0

All other roads

49.5

0.8

0.8

8.6

2.0

0.9

62.5

All roads

78.2

1.0

1.0

13.3

5.6

0.9

100.0

‘—’ = Negligible (less than half the final digit shown)

Source:

National Road Traffic Survey, DFT.

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what estimate he has made of the (a) percentage of UK-registered and (b) number of foreign-registered vehicles of each type which have used (i) motorways and (ii) dual carriageways in the last year. (312503)

The Department for Transport does not hold data on either the percentage of vehicles that have used motorways or dual carriageways, or the number of foreign registered vehicles that have used motorways or dual carriageways.