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New HGV tax goes live

Date: 07 April 2014   |   Author: Jack Carfrae

The Government has introduced a fee for foreign lorries travelling on UK roads.

The HGV road user levy applies to all lorries that weigh more than 12 tonnes and is designed to make international haulage fairer for UK companies, which have to pay to use foreign roads overseas. 

The charge costs £10 per day or £1000 per year. UK hauliers are also subject to the charge but their VED has been reduced accordingly and the Department for Transport claims more than 90% of HGVs will not experience an increase in costs. 

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: "The introduction of such a measure in the UK has been called for over many years by our domestic haulage industry.

"The levy must be paid by foreign-registered and UK-registered HGVs alike, and creates a fairer system by removing some of the inequality UK hauliers feel when paying to use many roads abroad.

"The introduction of the Levy ensures all HGVs make a contribution to the costs of UK road maintenance, irrespective of their country of origin."