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Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many personal injury road accidents involving one or more hit and run drivers or riders there were in each year from 1997 to 2004, broken down by police force; and how many (a) fatalities, (b) serious injuries and (c) other injuries resulted from these accidents. 
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many and what percentage of reported traffic incidents involved a heavy goods vehicle with left hand drive in each of the last five years; and what percentage of those incidents were attributed to poor visibility or blind spots on such vehicles. 
Dr. Ladyman: 1,014 personal injury road accidents reported to the police in 2005 involved a left hand drive heavy goods vehicle, 0.5 per cent. of all personal injury road accidents in 2005. In 32 per cent. of these accidents the heavy goods vehicles had vehicle blind spot as a contributory factor. This information is not available for years prior to 2005.
Dr. Ladyman: The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and independent lifeboat operators are not operated by the Government and the information is not collected in the form requested. However the RNLI lifeboats including those in the Republic of Ireland were launched 8,273 times in 2005. Other independent lifeboats were launched 831 times in 2005.
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the timetable is for the introduction of the MOT computerisation programme; and what the timetable was when the contract to run the system was awarded. 
Dr. Ladyman: The MOT computerisation system was introduced in MOT garages from 18 April 2005 to 29 March 2006. When the PFI contract with Siemens was signed in February 2000, the system was scheduled to start being introduced in May 2002.
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost was in 2006-07 prices of the original contract with Siemens Business Services to run the MOT computerisation programme; when this contract was awarded; how much has been spent on this contract to date; and what estimate he has made of how much will have been spent by the time the system is operational. 
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) locomotives, (b) multiple units, (c) freight wagons and (d) carriages are in use on the rail network, broken down by (i) train operating company and (ii) class. 
Mr. Tom Harris: Tables giving details of the number of locomotives, multiple units and carriages used by UK franchised passenger train operators, broken down by train operating company and class has been placed in the Library of the House. Vehicles operated by non-franchised operators such as Network Rail, open access and charter operators are not included. The Department does not hold information relating to the numbers of freight vehicles used on the network.
This information is based on latest available data but minor variations in the figures can be expected due to ongoing activities such as short-term vehicle hiring, introduction of new fleets and withdrawal of older vehicles.
Dr. Ladyman: For a road pricing scheme on local roads, under the Transport Act 2000, local authorities in England and Wales are required to use any net revenues raised to help deliver their Local Transport Plan for at least the first 10 years of the scheme.
Local authorities may also propose pricing on trunk roads as part of a local scheme. In this case, under current legislation net revenues may be apportioned between the local authority and the Secretary of State. Decisions on this would be taken on a case by case basis. Revenues accruing to the Secretary of State would be hypothecated for transport spending.
No such pricing scheme proposals have yet been put forward. The forthcoming Road Transport Bill will seek to improve the ability of local authorities to introduce schemes. A priority will be to ensure that local schemes offer a fair deal to all road users, including public transport users. Local authorities will be asked to decide what works best for their area.
Dr. Ladyman: The number of fatalities that occurred in each year between 2000 and 2005 as result of personal injury road accidents reported to the police involving motor vehicles in the Humberside police force area are given in the following table.
|Fatalities resulting from accidents involving motor vehicle in Humberside( 1) : 2000-05|
|(1) Includes Kingston Upon Hull, North East Lincolnshire, East Riding of Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire unitary authorities.|
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how much profit was generated by Humberside Safety Camera Partnership in 2004-05; and how this profit was (a) distributed and (b) spent; 
(2) how much revenue was raised by the Humberside Safety Camera Partnership in 2004-05; and how much and what percentage of this revenue was spent on improving road safety in the Humberside region that year. 
The audit certificate for the Humberside Safety Camera Partnership for the financial year shows that fines from conditional offer of fixed penalties for offences detected during 2004-05 was £2,548,140. The amount returned to the partnership to improve road safety within the Humberside area for the same period via the netting off process was £2,181,397 (85.6 per cent.).
The netting off funding arrangement for safety cameras is being ended after 2006-07 and from 2007-08
safety cameras and their funding are to be integrated into the Local Transport Plan system (in England outside London) alongside other road safety measures.
This will give greater flexibility to local authorities, the police and the other agencies to pursue which ever locally agreed mix of road safety measures will make the greatest contribution to reducing road casualties in their area. It will also provide greater financial stability and facilitate long term planning.
Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average maintenance expenditure per mile of road on (a) A roads and (b) B roads was in each region in the last period for which figures are available. 
Dr. Ladyman: The relevant data are not currently compiled to show information for B roads separately from other non-principal roads. The available data for local roads in England are shown in the following table:
|Maintenance expenditure per km of road length, England, 2004-05|
|£ per km|
|Region||Principal roads||Non-principal roads|
Equivalent figures for Highways Agency maintained A roads are not readily available. Table 7.13 in Transport Statistics Great Britain, a copy of which is available in the Library of the House, provides estimates of Highways Agency expenditure on roads in Government Office Regions; however, this does not separately identify expenditure on maintenance from that on new construction, road improvements and winter servicing.
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average 24-hour traffic volume was at the (a) J3-J4E, (b) J4A-J5, (c) J9-J10, (d) J10-J10A, (e) J10A-J11, (f) J12-J13, (g) J6-J7 and (h) J9-J10 automatic traffic counters on the M6 on (i) Mondays to Fridays, (ii) Saturdays and (iii) Sundays in each month since April 2005. 
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the average 24-hour traffic volume was at the (a) J6-J7 and (b) J9-J10 automatic traffic counters on the M42 on (i) Mondays to Fridays, (ii) Saturdays and (iii) Sundays in each month since January 2006. 
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate he has made of (a) the net change in UK carbon dioxide emissions resulting from the road schemes approved through the targeted programme of improvements and local transport plans since 1998 and (b) the effect on annual carbon dioxide emissions of each road scheme approved by Ministers through the local transport plans since 1997. 
Dr. Ladyman: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer of 6 November 2006, Official Report, columns 684-5W, to the hon. Member for Epsom and Ewell (Chris Grayling). I also refer to the answer that I gave on 8 May 2006, Official Report, column 23W.
Dr. Ladyman: The Department for Transport published its PSA target relating to a reliability measure of congestion for England in February 2006. This related to delays on the worst 10 per cent. of journeys for 103 recognisable routes that make up the strategic road network, and applied to the time period from 1 August 2004 to 31 July 2005 (the baseline year). Details, including data for individual routes, can be found at:
|Route lengths transferred to county councils|
|Local highway authority||Total (km)|
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