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2013-03-06

The HGV ROAD USER LEVY ACT * UK

* UK - HGV Road User Levy Act becomes law, ready for 2014

(Photo: from The Guardian, UK)
London,EN,UK -Transport Engineer, by Brian Tinham -4 March 2013: -- The HGV Road User Levy Act became law last Friday (28 February 2013), paving the way for what the Department for Transport says a fairer deal for UK hauliers... Roads Minister, Stephen Hammond, points out that most EU states already charge lorries for using their roads, which means that British vehicles have to pay to drive in Europe, while to date foreign lorries have been able to drive in the UK without paying for the wear and tear they cause on the roads... The new charge is supported by UK businesses and will be introduced in April 2014. The levy will be a time-based charge of up to £1,000 a year, or £10 a day, and will apply to trucks weighing more than 12 tonnes... By law, the scheme cannot discriminate between UK-registered vehicles and vehicles from elsewhere in the EU so the charge will apply to all HGVs but, for the vast majority of UK hauliers, this will not mean an increase in costs, because they will be compensated through a reduction in vehicle excise duty... UK hauliers will pay an annual or a six-monthly charge for each lorry at the same time and in the same transaction as they pay its VED. Foreign hauliers can pay daily, weekly, monthly or annual charges. Non-payment of the charge will be a criminal offence, which could result in a fine of up to £5,000...

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