Foreign lorries tax plan welcomed by Wealden MP, Charles Hendry

Wealden MP Charles Hendry has welcomed the introduction of the HGV Road User Levy.

Currently, operators of UK-registered heavy goods vehicles pay charges or tolls for use of the road network in almost all European countries.

However, foreign-registered HGVs do not pay to use the UK’s road network.

Mr Hendry said over time, the different ways in which countries across Europe charge for use of their road network had created an imbalance that was unfair to UK carriers.

The Bill, which went before Parliament at the end of October, will introduce a levy for all HGVs, weighing over 12 tonnes, using the UK road network.

The requirement to pay the levy will apply to all public roads in the UK and to both UK and foreign-registered HGVs. There will be associated reductions in the amount of vehicle excise duty that is payable by UK-based operators, which will mean that the vast majority of UK carriers will pay no more than at present.

The Government plan to introduce the levy for UK operators and foreign carriers from April 2014.

Mr Hendry said: “For too long we have allowed foreign companies use our roads without any charge, whilst British companies often having to pay levies to drive in Europe.

“I have always believed that there should be a levy for foreign HGV road users, and am therefore delighted that the Government will be implementing this levy from April 2014. It will ensure that the foreign companies that use our roads continuously will also contribute to the up-keep of them.”

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