New charge on foreign lorries

Dartford Crossing PictureDavid Evennett, MP for Bexleyheath and Crayford, has today welcomed a new law to make foreign HGVs pay a levy to use Britain’s roads. Last week, the HGV Road User Levy Bill received Royal Assent and passed into law. With British HGVs paying to use European roads, this Bill delivers fairness for British hauliers.

Mr Evennett commented “When British lorries drive abroad, they face charges and tolls. However, we see foreign HGVs on Bexley roads all the time and they haven’t had to pay anything to drive on them. This is unfair and the Government has taken action to tackle this problem. In addition, Britain will benefit financially from this new law.”

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 than 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.”