Keeping tabs on transport
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THE TRANSPORT Department expects to receive shortly a report from consultants, with recommendations, about how to keep track of the road transport industry.
John Horam, under Secretary for Transport, said in the Commons last week that as a follow-up to the recommendation of the Leitch Committee that priority should be given to improving commercial vehicle modelling techniques, the Department had commissioned consultants to examine and recommend how this might be done and what further surveys would be required.
Once received the report would be considered by the Department and the advice of the Standing Advisory Committee on Trunk Road Assessment sought.
Mr Horam pointed out that the most recent major national survey of the transport of goods by road was carried out in 1967-68. Since 1973 the continuing survey of road goods transport had surveyed a smaller sample each year to provide regular information on activity and trends.