HC Deb 18 March 1988 vol 129 c693W
Mr. French

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to his reply of 7 March,Official Report, columns 97–98, to the hon. Member for Gloucester, what is the cost of each intensive local comaign to discourage the evasion of vehicle excise duty carried out during 1987–88; what size of geographical area is covered by each such campaign; and if he has plans to establish a nationwide campaign.

Mr. Peter Bottomley

The costs to the Department, together with the relicensing revenue and the court penalties imposed on evaders, of each of the campaigns already held or under way in the present financial year are estimated as follows:

DTp1 costs Relicensing revenue Court penalties
£ £ £
April 1987
South Yorkshire 49,000 876,000 8,600
Nottinghamshire 48,000 747,000 6,700
May 1987
Lothian and Borders 49,000 688,000 6,700
London Metropolitan/City 107,000 7,000,000 335,300
July 1987
Merseyside 57,000 919,000 7,000
September 1987
Tayside 32,000 233,000 200
October 1987 (All Wales)
Dyfed 157,000 429,000 1,500
Gwent 389,000 4,000
North Wales 524,000 6,500
South Wales 1,016,000 3,500
February 1988
Hampshire 53,000 Results awaited
March 1988
Cambridgeshire 36,000
Lincolnshire 35,000
Norfolk 40,000
Suffolk 37,000
700,000 12,821,000 380,000
1 Police costs are not included; in total, they are probably of a similar order of magnitude.

Each campaign covers a single police force area and is the subject of separate negotiations with the chief constable. Where better publicity can be achieved by synchronised campaigns in adjacent areas, officials endeavour to arrange them in collaboration with the police. I have no plans for a single nationwide campaign.

Mr. Michael McNair-Wilson

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimates have been made by his Department about the number of cars which are in use without a valid road fund licence.

Mr. Peter Bottomley

The most recent estimate of vehicle excise duty evasion in Great Britain is based on a national survey in June 1984 which indicated that 580,000 unlicensed cars and vans were in use on the road.

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