Karl backs the introduction of charging for foreign lorries on UK roads

Karl McCartney MP, Lincoln’s Member of Parliament, has backed the introduction of the HGV Road User Levy as of Tuesday 1 April.


All HGVs at or above 12 tonnes using UK roads are now required to pay a new time-based road user charge, the HGV Road User Levy.


Commenting, Karl McCartney MP said: “The introduction of such a measure in the UK has been called for over many years by our domestic haulage industry. The Levy must be paid by foreign-registered and UK-registered HGVs alike, and creates a fairer system by removing some of the inequality UK hauliers feel when paying to use many roads abroad. The introduction of the Levy ensures all HGVs make a contribution to the costs of UK road maintenance, irrespective of their country of origin.”


The Levy is structured in a series of bands to reflect vehicle type, maximum weight and axle configuration, with heavier, more road wearing HGVs paying the most. For a given vehicle type, the annual rates of levy and six month rate of levy are the same for foreign and UK-registered HGVs.


Karl McCartney MP continued: “The vast majority of UK hauliers will notice no difference. For over nine out of ten UK-registered HGVs, the cost of the Levy will be fully offset by reductions in Vehicle Excise Duty (VED). The Levy will be paid alongside VED in a single transaction so that unnecessary administration costs are not incurred.”


Foreign HGVs must pay the Levy before they use UK roads and can purchase for between a day and a year, with discounts available for longer periods.


Transport Secretary, the Rt. Hon. Patrick McLoughlin MP, said: “The introduction of the Levy is one of a number of initiatives designed to help the haulage industry. We have introduced a trial of longer semi–trailers. We are spending £6 billion on maintaining motorway and trunk roads between 2015/16 and 2020/21 and providing over 500 miles of additional lane capacity to the strategic road network.


“Duty on standard diesel is now lower than it was in October 2010. VED on HGVs has remained frozen during this parliament and we have announced a decade’s worth of lower levels of duty for methane gas fuelled HGVs. The introduction of the Levy is expected to bring in circa £20m in taxation revenue and could lead to economic benefits through international haulage market share increases.”


For ease of use, foreign operators making regular visits to the UK have been encouraged to pay on-line using registered accounts on www.gov.uk/hgv-levy. Infrequent visitors to the UK can chose to ‘pay and go’ and can make purchases on-line, at some point of sale facilities or by phone. 


Non-payment of the Levy is a criminal offence. The offence will generally be dealt with at the roadside via a Fixed Penalty Notice of £300. On summary conviction a fine of up to level 5 on the standard scale (currently £5000) will be payable for non-compliance. The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) are leading on levy enforcement in Great Britain, and the Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) in Northern Ireland. Both agencies intend to enforce the levy through a combination of additional targeted stops and as part of existing road safety related stops. The police also have enforcement powers.


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For further information, please contact Karl McCartney MP at karl.mccartney.mp@parliament.uk / 020 7219 7221.