HC Deb 29 April 1994 vol 242 cc387-8W
Ms Coffey

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what increase in the licensing of vehicles there has been resulting from the national red warning vehicles scheme launched by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in 1993.

Mr. Key

[holding answer 28 April 1994]: The windscreen warning notice scheme started as a pilot in 1992 and was extended throughout England and Wales early in 1993.

We estimate that in 1991–92, before the start of the scheme, some 115,000 evaders or would-be evaders were encouraged to relicense their vehicles as a direct result of vehicle excise duty enforcement activity, realising some £8.4 million in revenue that would otherwise not have been collected. In 1993–94, with the scheme in full operation, an estimated 345,000 motorists were encouraged to relicense, with a revenue recovery of some £27.9 million.