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Charging of foreign trucks welcomed by FTA and RHA

  • 31 March 2014
  • By Hayley Pink

The Road Haulage Association (RHA) and Freight Transport Association (FTA) have welcomed the launch of the HGV Road User Levy, which goes live  tomorrow (1 April).

Foreign-registered trucks weighing more than 12 tonnes entering the UK from tomorrow will be required to pay a time-based levy of up to £1,000 per year or £10 per day.

UK hauliers will also have to pay the charge, which is required by EU law, however, this will be compensated for by a reduction on their VED, with the new levy paid for alongside their annual road tax so as to keep the administrative burden to a minimum.

Both associations have been urging the government for many years to introduce a system of road charging for foreign hauliers using UK roads, as a means to level the playing field for domestic operators, who face often much higher fuel costs than their overseas counterparts.

Karen Dee, FTA director of policy, said: “The FTA has consistently supported the introduction of the HGV Road User Levy.  Until now, operators of foreign HGVs have paid nothing in UK taxes.  They pay vehicle tax in their own country, and buy low-taxed diesel before entering the UK, and in so doing save up to £200 on a full tank of fuel. 

“The levy won’t fully redress this imbalance in costs, but it does create a fairer arrangement for UK operators.”

Jack Semple, director of policy at the RHA, said: “Philip Hammond, when he was transport secretary, committed the coalition to bringing the scheme in during this Parliament and we are pleased that Patrick McLoughlin is bringing in the measure so promptly, a year ahead of deadline.”

He added that the government has worked to ensure that the scheme keeps the impact on the UK industry to an absolute minimum and have engaged constructively with the RHA to achieve this aim.

The FTA  also believes the revamping and extension of existing roadside enforcement cameras as part of the levy’s introduction, also offers the potential for more effective enforcement of foreign LGV safety standards.


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