HC Deb 21 February 1968 vol 759 c113W
50. Mr. Stratton Mills

asked the Minister of Transport what estimate she has made of the extra freight costs to Northern Ireland arising from the licensing provisions and increased charges brought about by the Transport Bill.

Mr. John Morris

Lorries registered in Great Britain carrying goods to and from Northern Ireland will be liable to the wear and tear charge but we propose exempting them from the abnormal loads charge. The wear and tear charge will add about 2½–3½ per cent. to the operating costs of the lorries concerned. The new carriers licensing system for Great Britain will not add to transport costs.