Foreign operators complying with HGV Levy

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 12:30
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COMPLY: Good start for HGV Levy

Thousands of foreign hauliers operating in the UK have registered and paid the new HGV Levy, Transport Minister Robert Goodwill has revealed.

More than 92,000 levies have been purchased for trucks registered in 56 different countries since the HGV Levy came into force on April 1, while nearly 78,000 vehicles have been registered.

Initial government figures show compliance is high, with only 215 vehicles fined for non-compliance.

All vehicles at or above 12tonnes maximum weight must pay the HGV Levy, irrespective of their nationality.

“It is great news that compliance is so high.”

Robert Goodwill MP

Mr Goodwill said: “Before the levy was introduced, foreign hauliers could fill up their tanks abroad, make their deliveries and then return home without making any UK tax contribution, which was unfair on UK hauliers.

“The levy is something UK hauliers wanted and we were determined to do all we could to help.

“We introduced it a year ahead of schedule and it is great news that compliance is so high.”

Karen Dee, Director of Policy at the Freight Transport Association (FTA), added: “The introduction of the Road User Levy is welcome news for UK operators.

“As well as going some way to address the imbalance in costs which favours foreign operators, it reinforces the targeting of enforcement action against those non-UK registered HGVs that choose to flout UK laws.”

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