Ridgmont Bypass and Woburn Link Road, Bedfordshire
Tunstall Northern Bypass, Stoke on Trent
Darlington Eastern Transport Corridor, Darlington
Brierley Hill Access Network, Dudley
A631 -West Bawtry Road Improvements, Rotherham
End September 2008
A688 - Wheatley Hill to Bowburn Link, Durham
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what tolls and charges are applied for use of (a) bridges and (b) tunnels on the motorway and trunk road network, broken down by charges for (i) cars, (ii) buses, (iii) lorries and (iv) motorcycles. 
Tolls and charges are applied to certain bridges and tunnels on the motorway and trunk road network in England. Only the Dartford crossing is the direct responsibility of the Government. The Severn river crossings and M6 toll are operated by concessionaires. The Tamar crossing and Tyne tunnel, although forming parts of trunk road routes, are the responsibility of local authorities. The following information is available from the websites of the operators. These websites also provide more detailed information on tolls and charges such as discounts for those choosing to pay using electronic tags.
Severn River Crossings (tolls are charged westwards only)
Vehicle Category 1 (Up to 9 Seats)
Vehicle Category 2 (Small bus up to 17 seats and Goods vehicles up to 3,500kg)
Vehicle Category 3 (18 seats and more and goods vehicles from 3,500kg)
1 Motorcycles are exempt from Toll Charges.
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Dartford-Thurrock River Crossing
Light or Medium Goods Vehicle
HGV, Motor Coach or Omnibus
As Parliament has previously been notified, a new charging regime is being introduced shortly. Charges will change from 10pm on 15 November 2008.
Class 1 (Motorcycle)
Class 2 (Car)
Class 3 (Car & Trailer)
Class 4 (Van/Coach)
Class 5 (HGV)
2 Axle MGW under 3.5 tonnes
2 Axle MGW over 3.5 tonnes
3 Axle HGV
4 or more Axles HGV
Cars and Light Vans
Lorries, Buses, Vans over 3,500kg
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to require full criminal record checks, covering the entire adult life, of foreign nationals seeking work as licensed taxi drivers. 
The legislation governing taxi driver licensing requires local authorities to carry out such checks as they regard necessary in order to satisfy themselves that an applicant for a taxi driver licence is a
fit and proper person.
It is for each authority to decide what checks to carry out. In making an assessment about applicants suitability, local authorities can make use of information on an applicants criminal record.
We have no plans to change this position. However, we have provided Best Practice Guidance to assist local licensing authorities in carrying out their licensing responsibilities. The Guidance, which was published in 2006 drew attention to the importance of local authorities having a policy on background checks for applicants from outside the UK. It provided a link to the Criminal Records Bureau website which contains information about obtaining certificates of good conduct, or similar 17 Oct 2008 : Column 1556W
documents, from a number of countries. In considering revisions to, and updating of, the Guidance over the next few months, we will review whether this particular section should be strengthened.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many school run car journeys he estimates were made in each year since 1997, broken down by the smallest available geographical unit. 
Data on the number of school run car journeys are not available centrally. However, figures on the proportion of trips to school by mode and region are published in Regional Transport Statistics. The 2007 Edition of this publication is available on the Department for Transport's website at: