§ Mr. David Marshall
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many prosecutions there have been for violation of the construction and use regulations 1986 governing in-service emissions from motor vehicles.
§ Mr. Key
I regret the information is not available. The Home Office collects statistics relating to police prosecutions under the Construction and Use Regulations 1986; but they do not identify specific offences.
However, the latest statistics published by the Department's vehicle inspectorate show that almost 2 per cent. of heavy goods vehicles, 2.5 per cent. of public service vehicles, and almost 11 per cent. of cars and other passenger vehicles initially fail the emissions check at their annual roadworthiness test.