§ Mr. Dobson
asked the Secretary of State for Transport why the proportion of new construction cost assessed by his Department in the annual road track statements allocated to goods vehicles has fallen from 26.9 per cent. in 1975–76 to 21.4 per cent. in 1982–83.
§ Mr. David Howell
The proportion of new construction costs allocated to goods vehicles over 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight has fallen from 25.9 per cent. in 1975–76 to 22.8 per cent. in 1982–83 because during this period the number of these goods vehicles fell while the number of cars, light vans and motor cycles increased. As a result, the latter vehicles now carry a greater share of road cost.