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Significant number of HGV Road User Levy penalties handed out to Irish operators

  • 15 May 2014
  • By Ashleigh Wight

Nearly 250 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) were issued to haulage firms in the first three weeks of the HGV Road User Levy, including a significant number to Irish hauliers, DVSA chief executive Alastair Peoples has said.

Some 249 FPNs were handed out to operators that had not paid the levy fee in the three weeks since its introduction at the beginning of April, Peoples told delegates at the Microlise Transport Conference this week. Around 2,100 targeted checks of foreign-registered vehicles took place within the same timeframe.

Peoples added that around 10% of the FPNs were issued to operators from the Republic of Ireland, who are required to pay the levy despite the Irish Road Haulage Association calling for an exemption for operators using Northern Irish roads last month.

A significant number of FPNs have also been handed out to operators from the Netherlands.

So far the majority of the DVSA’s levy enforcement has come in the form of targeted checks, he said, with approximately 5,500 HGVs checked for payment of the levy to date.

Last week the Department for Transport (DfT) revealed that the levy had so far generated £7.6m in fees alone.

For more on the HGV Road User Levy, see our detailed guide.


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