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Over 400 FPNs issued to foreign trucks since HGV levy introduction

  • 09 June 2014
  • By Ashleigh Wight

Operators have attracted more than than £100,000 of fines for non-payment of the HGV Road User Levy since its introduction in April, the Department for Transport (DfT) has revealed.

Since it came into force over 400 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) have been issued to trucks that have not paid the levy.

During its first month over 4,000 trucks were checked and those who had not paid were issued with a £300 on-the-spot fine.

The figures, revealed in the DfT’s latest HGV Levy bulletin, also reveal that around 96% of foreign HGVs entering the UK six weeks after the tax was introduced are now compliant, with 97,000 trucks registered under the levy scheme.

Last month DVSA chief executive Alastair Peoples said a significant amount of the fines had been issued to Irish hauliers, shortly before it was revealed that the levy was not being effectively enforced in Northern Ireland.

Transport secretary Robert Goodwill has suggested that the government is considering making some roads that border the Republic of Ireland exempt from the levy.

“These exemptions are a practical measure meaning that vehicles entering Northern Ireland for a short distance do not have to pay the levy, and exempting them simplifies enforcement,” he said, responding to a parliamentary question.

See our HGV Road User Levy guide for more.


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