APF Training & Consultancy - Keep you legal Keep you safe


Health & Safety
Transport News Updates


October 2014
May 2014
August 2013
July 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
June 2012
May 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011

powered by

My Blog

The HGV Road User Levy Act

UK hauliers will get what is being described as a ‘fairer deal’ thanks to new legislation.
The HGV Road User Levy Act means that foreign HGVs will be charged for using UK roads, in the same way that UK lorries are charged abroad. The charge, supported by UK businesses, will come into force in April next year.
Foreign trucks will be charged up to £1,000 per year, or £10 per day, to use UK roads. The charge applies to lorries weighing more than 12 tonnes.
However, since the scheme cannot discriminate between UK-registered hauliers and trucks from elsewhere in the EU, the charge will apply to all lorries. The government is telling UK drivers not to fear though, since any charge for them will be offset through a reduction in vehicle excise duty.
Penalties for not paying the compulsory charge will be severe, with fines of up to £5,000. Foreign trucks can pay daily, weekly, monthly or annual charges while UK firms can add on the charge to their normal Vehicle Excise Duty payments.
Roads Minister Stephen Hammond said, “”Every year there are around 1.5 million trips to the UK by foreign registered lorries but none of them pays to use our roads, leaving UK businesses and taxpayers to foot the bill. In contrast, when UK hauliers travel abroad then in most cases they have to pay to use the roads.
“This new Act will help the UK logistics industry remain competitive by making sure that operators from abroad are paying towards the cost of building and maintaining the UK’s roads as well as creating a level playing field for domestic operators.”