§ Mr. Wolrige-Gordon
asked the Minister of Transport what is the present size of the lorry fleet now registered in Aberdeenshire; what are the categories of licences into which they are divided; and what total volume of freight they can handle.
§ Mr. Marples
About 8,300 goods vehicles hold excise licences issued in Aberdeenshire. Of these 4,600 weigh unladen 2 tons or less and 3,700 more than 2 tons. A division between the various categories of carrier's licences is not readily available. The total volume of freight these vehicles can carry must depend on the nature of freight and the journeys undertaken, but if national averages for past operations are taken as a basis, the road goods vehicles registered in Aberdeenshire may be carrying about 10 million tons of freight a year.