Published: 00:01, 01 April 2014 |
Updated: 08:38, 01 April 2014
Foreign lorry drivers are to be charged to use the UK's roads for the first time from today.
Until now, our truckers who work in Europe have been forced to pay tolls and levies when delivering goods abroad - but foreign drivers haven't had to do the same here.
Now, all foreign truckers entering the UK through Kent ports will be asked to pay the HGV Road User Levy.
Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said during a visit to Kent yesterday: "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."
"This is yet another example of how we are taking positive action to back British business and build a stronger, more competitive economy” - Patrick McLoughlin
The levy affects all HGVs of 12 tonnes or more that drive on UK roads, irrespective of where they are registered.
UK operators will pay the levy at the same time as Vehicle Excise Duty.
But, as the levy is introduced, the government is reducing the duty, meaning more than nine out of 10 UK vehicles will pay no more than now.
Foreign operators must pay the levy before using UK roads.
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