Foreign hauliers will be charged to use UK roads for the first time from tomorrow (1 April 2014) Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced.
UK truck drivers working in Europe currently pay tolls and levies when delivering goods abroad. But foreign trucks operating in the UK have not been required to make a similar payment.
The HGV Road User Levy – which is being brought in nearly a year ahead of schedule – introduces a charge that ensures British hauliers are better able to compete with their foreign counterparts.
The levy has long been called for by the UK haulage industry and creates a fairer system by removing some of the inequality UK hauliers feel when paying to use many roads abroad.
Patrick McLoughlin said: “The HGV Levy will provide a massive boost for the UK haulage industry. It will create a level playing field across Europe, giving UK firms a much better opportunity to win business.”
The levy affects all HGVs of 12 tonnes or more that drive on UK roads, irrespective of country of registration.
Foreign operators must pay the levy before using UK roads. Discounts are available for longer periods with charges varying between £1.70 and £10 per day or £85 to £1,000 per year.