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UK to charge lorries

Publication date: 2012-02-02

Tags: world, overland

The UK Department of Transport intends to introduce the lorry user charging scheme, as the usage of British roads is free, while most EU countries charge for using their roads.

The proposal foresees a time-based charge of about EUR 12.05 per day for trucks of 12 tn or above. The new law will probably come into force in 2015.

Although, the new law cannot discriminate between UK-registered vehicles and vehicles from elsewhere in the EU – so this charge will apply to all lorries – but the UK government will likely compensate UK hauliers by reducing the Vehicle Excise Duty for UK-registered vehicles.

Mike Penning, minister at UK Department of Transport, commented that “each year there are around 1.5 mln 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. The proposals I have set out will ensure that all hauliers who use our roads are contributing to their cost, regardless of where they are from.”


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