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International Road Haulage Survey: Respondents section

Survey of the international activity of Great Britain registered heavy goods vehicles.


International Road Haulage Survey: questionnaire form

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If you have been selected to take part in the International Road Haulage Survey (IRHS), this section aims to answer any questions you may have.

What is the IRHS?

The International Road Haulage Survey (IRHS) is run by the Department for Transport (DfT) to obtain details of domestic and international activity of GB-registered HGVs. The information collected is used by the government to inform decisions and policies about the road freight industry.

The data are also used to supply the European Commission with statistics on UK road haulage as required under European legislation.

How are the results used?

The results help DfT build a picture of the domestic and international activity of GB-registered hauliers, and together with the CSRGT surveys, build a picture of the activity of all UK-registered HGVs. The data collected form part of the evidence base for making decisions on transport policy within the UK and the EU.

Aggregated statistics are produced which are freely available to the general public.

Results are published as national statistics and are available from the road freight statistics page.

Do I have to complete the survey form(s)?

Yes. You are required to complete the survey forms under the Statistics of Trade Act 1947. Failure to return the completed form(s) could result in legal action.

The Statistics of Trade Act was developed to ensure the government could obtain returns from businesses in order to analyse economic trends.


The data supplied on these forms are treated as COMMERICAL IN CONFIDENCE. DfT survey staff are bound by the strict confidentiality provisions of the Statistics of Trade Act 1947 and by the National Statistics Code of Practice.

Data are only released in non-disclosive or aggregate form, and cannot be linked back to individual companies. No details of any individual vehicle or company activity will be shared.

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International road haulage survey

Published 2 May 2014