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More than 200 fines issued since the start of the HGV Road User Levy

  • 15 April 2014
  • By Ashleigh Wight

More than 200 fines have been issued to operators that had not paid the HGV Road User Levy, two weeks since it was introduced.

More than 92,000 levies have been purchased since the legislation came into force on 1 April, the Department for Transport (DfT) has said.

Nearly 78,000 trucks have been registered by operators in 56 different countries and 215 fines have been issued to operators for non-compliance, the DfT said today (15 April).

Drivers face a fine of £300 if they are caught without having paid the levy and it is being enforced using roadside checks by officers from the DVSA, the DVA in Northern Ireland, and the police.

In its first week, over 150 fines were issued to drivers and nearly 72,000 vehicles were registered.

Transport minister Robert Goodwill said: “The levy is something UK hauliers wanted and we were determined to do all we could to help. We introduced it a year ahead of schedule and its great news that compliance is so high.”

Karen Dee, director of policy at the Freight Transport Association, said: “As well as going some way to address the imbalance in costs which favours foreign operators, it reinforces the targeting of enforcement action against those non-UK-registered HGVs that choose to flout UK laws.”

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Article source: http://www.commercialmotor.com:80/latest-news/over-200-fines-for-non-compliance-issued-since-hgv-road-user-levy-introduced