HC Deb 21 January 1980 vol 977 c88W
Mr. Leighton

asked the Minister of Transport whether the present taxes on heavy lorries cover the social and environmental costs imposed by these lorries on the community.

Mr. Fowler

These costs cannot be measured objectively. However, the contribution in motoring taxation (fuel duty and vehicle excise duty) in 1979–80 from goods vehicles as a whole over 3.5 tons gross weight is estimated to exceed their allocated road costs by about 10 per cent.

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