Transport minister Robert Goodwill has announced the HGV levy has raised over £44 million from foreign lorries in its first year of operation. Operators from 90 countries bought more than 1.8 million levies, a charge introduced last year to ensure all HGVs over 12 tonnes contribute towards their use of roads in the UK.
Jack Semple, policy director at the Road Haulage Association, said: “The levy is a success story. The RHA had very productive discussions with the Department for Transport as the scheme was being developed and it was brought in smoothly and on time – even though the schedule was quite demanding. A year on from the launch, the levy appears to be delivering for the haulage industry exactly what we were hoping for.”
On occasions where the levy has not been paid, drivers face a £300 on the spot, roadside fine. Up to now, enforcement agencies have collected 2,500 fixed penalty notices and collected fines of over £750,000.
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