I was pleased to hear the Transport Minister, Stephen Hammond MP, announce in the House on Tuesday that HGV hauliers in excess of 12 tonnes will now have to pay a levy when using UK roads. UK owned hauliers will have the levy offset against their Vehicle Excise Duty. The key aim is to ensure a fairer arrangement for UK-hauliers to help improve their competitiveness.
This is a welcome announcement given that previously foreign hauliers have been able to come to the UK and not pay any road tolls, whereas UK hauliers when they travel abroad have been required to do so. According to the Minister’s statement “the levy will be time based and will vary according to the vehicle type, weight and number of axles.” I hope that this will be a great boost to UK hauliers.