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HGV Road User Levy Bill 2012-13

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(This Bill is from a previous session)

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  • Bill status:

    Bill is now an Act

  • Type of Bill:

    Government Bill

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Summary

The HGV Road User Levy Bill was announced by the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, and published on 23 October 2012. It will apply to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

It aims to ensure a fairer arrangement for UK hauliers and to improve their competitiveness in a growing haulage service market.

The Bill will allow for:

•  The introduction of a levy on all heavy goods vehicles weighing 12 tonnes or above and use the UK road network. Currently, UK hauliers have to pay to use roads abroad but foreign hauliers do not have to pay to use roads in the UK.

•  A time-based levy varying according to vehicle type, weight and number of axles.  This is to ensure that the scale of charging for the levy is based on the amount of damage to a road.

•  The Secretary of State to have the power to refuse a license to a heavy goods vehicle unless he is satisfied that a levy has been paid. The levy will cost a maximum of £1000 per year. However, the offence for not paying the levy is a fine of up to £5000.

The Freight Transport Association has welcomed the Government's reforms, in particular, the penalties in place for failure to pay the levy. However, the Campaign for Better Transport has criticised the Bill as a "missed opportunity" for not introducing distance-based charging for heavy goods vehicles, which is the case in many European countries.