HC Deb 01 May 1928 vol 216 c1511

asked the Minister of Transport the number of heavy commercial vehicles on the roads of Great Britain and the average mileage per month, per van or wagon; and the estimated total cost of the Petrol Duty to users of these vehicles during the period 24th April, 1928, to 31st March, 1929, at a mileage of five miles to the gallon?

Colonel ASHLEY

I am sending to the hon. Member figures showing the approximate numbers of heavy commercial vehicles driven by internal-combustion engines licensed during the September quarter, 1927. Detailed information as to the annual mileage run by vehicles of particular types is not available, but I may add that a mileage of five miles to the gallon, which the hon. Member mentions, would only apply to the heaviest types of road vehicles.


Can the right hon. Gentleman say what proportion of the total damage that is done to the roads is done by these vehicles?

Colonel ASHLEY

It would be quite impossible to say.