How UK HGV Road User Road Levy Works
Hauliers with foreign registered heavy goods vehicles must now pay to use the UK's roads. The HGV road user levy – as well as raising money to cover wear and tear to the network – will level the playing field for British hauliers that have been paying to use foreign routes for some time. The Government has claimed this will enable 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.
Transport Secretary Discusses Road User Levy For Foreign HGVs.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “The HGV levy will provide a massive boost for the UK haulage industry. It will create a level playing field across Europe, giving UK firms a much better opportunity to win business. This is yet another example of how we are taking positive action to back British business and build a stronger, more competitive economy”.
UK HGV Road User Levy For British Registered Vehicles
UK registered heavy good vehicles are also subject to the levy, but on varying terms to their foreign counterparts. As such, the payment is taken at the same time – and within the same transaction – as Vehicle Excise Duty. This minimises administration and complexity for the hauliers. Payments are collected by the Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency whereas money from foreign registered vehicles is taken by Northgate Public Services (on behalf of the Department for Transport). Furthermore, Vehicle Excise Duty rates have fallen to ensure that ninety percent of hauliers will not see costs rise as a result of the levy. Notable news for an industry that struggles to manage high fuel prices.