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HGV levy raises more than £44 million from foreign HGVs in first year

Jun 02, 2015
On 25 March, 2015 Transport Minister Robert Goodwill announced that over the course of one year the HGV levy, introduced on 1 April, 2014, has raised more than £44 million from foreign HGVs.

Foreign truck operators from 90 countries have purchased more than 1.8 million levies, a time-based charge that ensures all HGVs over 12 tonnes contribute towards their use of UK roads.

Transport Minister Robert Goodwill said: “The HGV levy is proving a huge success and it is absolutely right that all trucks using UK roads should make a contribution to the wear and tear they cause.  This levy is supported by the British haulage industry and has levelled the playing field for operators. UK-registered vehicles regularly pay their way through tolls and user charges in Europe and it is only fair that foreign HGVs are not exempt from charges in this country.”

Jack Semple, Policy Director at the Road Haulage Association (RHA) said: “The levy is a success story. The RHA had very productive discussions with the Department for Transport as the scheme was being developed and it was brought in smoothly and on time – even though the schedule was quite demanding. A year on from the launch, the levy appears to be delivering for the haulage industry exactly what we were hoping for.”

Where the levy has not been paid, the driver faces a £300 on the spot fine at the roadside. Enforcement agencies have issued some 2,500 fixed penalty notices and collected fines of over £750,000 for non-levy payment.

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