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On The Spot Fines For Foreign And UK Hauliers

Truckers That Exceed Hourly Driving Limit Could Receive On The Spot Fines

The Government is considering introducing on the spot fines for truckers that exceed their hourly limit behind the wheel. Excessive driving, of course, could prevent them getting enough rest which puts lives at risk. Furthermore, on the spot fines could be used to punish historical offences from the past twenty-eight days – as well as drivers caught in the act. Evidence could come via recording devices within the vehicles that monitor their movements. As things stand, historical offences can only be punished via a court summons. These can, however, be difficult to enforce with foreign hauliers that do not have an address in the United Kingdom, and simply go home. On the spot fines should resolve this issue, and make the law more consistent with other European Member States. 

Government Minister Discusses New Fines For Hauliers

Roads Minister Stephen Hammond said: ‘Tired drivers are more prone to accidents which is why there are limits on the number of hours hauliers can drive. Sadly a selfish minority ignore this, putting others' road safety at risk.” He added: “The option to issue a fine for this offence would provide an effective weapon in the fight against irresponsible driving”.

UK HGV Road User Levy

The Government recently introduced a road levy for foreign registered heavy goods vehicles too. The HGV road user levy – as well as raising money to cover wear and tear to the road network – levels the playing field for British hauliers that have been paying to use foreign routes for some time. The Government has claimed this enables them to better compete for business with their foreign counterparts. The charge applies to all vehicles weighing twelve thousand kilogrammes or more (irrespective of the country of origin). It is structured in bands to reflect vehicle type, weight and the number of axles - and can be paid by the day, week, month or year. Prices range from £1.70 to £10 per-day and £85 to £1,000 per-year. The levy – that must be paid before a vehicle enters the United Kingdom – can be settled by credit/debit card, fuel card, bank transfer, PayPal, etc. There are also few locations where payment is taken in cash. Furthermore, the operator can create an account that enables him/her to pay faster, change dates of travel, claim refunds, cover a period longer than one month, review any payment history, register and change a lorry's details and permit a third party to operate the account, e.g. an employee.


If they put road tax in the price of the fuel instead of per vehicle, then all foreign visitors will pay, not just lorry drivers. This spill fleece manufacturers to make more fuel efficient vehicles and get rid of the millions of pounds the government spend policing the road fund system.

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Steve P says 1HGV causes more damage to the roads than1000 cars, this is untrue as they have larger tyre& more wheels which spreads the weight over a larger area. An HGV Driver can legally drive for 9 hours a day (10 hours twice a week) & only has to take a 45 min break after 4.5 hours driving. Any driver who exceeds this is not only dangerous but extremely stupid. Foreign drivers get away with far too much & in this country, anything which helps to prevent this is a good thing.

Any one HGV damages road infrastructure more than 1000 cars. Anyone complaining about "immigrants" driving without paying road tax is probably seeing what are called "tourists" who come to the UK and spend lots of money on amusements, lodging and food. An "immigrant" is someone who has moved to the UK and who would by law be required to change vehicle registration and pay UK road tax. Mind you, other counties collect fees from all users for road use directly. Just look at those wonderful French motorways. Every time I visit France, I wish the UK had toll roads.

The driver pays his £10 charge for 1 day but does not leave for 4 days and then by a different port, how will the excess £30 be collected? and will the driver be surcharged for driving on our roads without having prepaid the full road tax. Unless there is more information on the charging it looks like it is open to abuse, and a loss leader. Let's do a easy journey Arrive at the port of Dover destination Milton Keynes approx round trip mileage 280 miles £1.70 ÷ 280 = £0.0061 per mile £10.00 ÷ 280 = £0.04 per mile Does it make sense, but extremely good value for non UK registered vehicles Make a universal charge of, say, 10p per mile for the 280 mile round trip and we have £28.00. If they forget the daily charge and introduce a universal mileage charge with a deposit paid prior to arrival the driver could claim refund on departure. Let's not play at it charge a going rate!

What I would like to know is, when are we going to charge ALL the immigrants that drive their cars over for many years without road tax. It's quite obvious they use our roads more than a foreign truck does.

Also lorry drivers who take their rest breaks on the hard shoulder need to be seriously punishes! Not only is it illegal but it is very dangerous! Also this means that the drivers must be driving right up to their time limits, then stopping.

good idea foreign drivers do not fill up in England with 700 ltr fuel tanks thus get to use the roads in the uk for free Lowest charge per day should be £20.00 per day One trip to southern France could cost our truckers over £250 in road charges so we still are not on a level playing field but getting there

A good idea and about time. But at the lowest charge £1.70 per day £85.00 per year Surely the administration charges will erode any funds towards the roads bill. A good idea but very half baked as a means of funding road repairs/expenditure. Think how much is the London Congestion Charge £11.50 per day and relate this to the proposed £1.70 - £10.00 per day. It's not April 1st is it?

Fantastic idea any thing to keep these clandestine under leash . Lorry drivers are the worst road users

About time! We have waited too long for a level playing field