The Department for Transport (DfT) has announced the outcome of its recent consultation into the proposed HGV levy. In a statement, roads Minister Jesse Norman outlined the new levy rates which will be in place from February 2019.
While the current levy rate for Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV) that adhere to the Euro VI emissions standard will be reduced from £1,000 to £900, all other HGVs will face a levy increase to £1,200.
The Road Haulage Association has estimated that this 20% price rise will be apply to an estimated 56% of HGVs in the UK.
The BVRLA will be writing to the Transport Secretary to point out that since HGVs are operated for timescales of beyond 10 years, operators of these vehicles cannot easily switch to newer HGVs halfway through a vehicle’s cycle.
The Minister’s announcement also fails to take account of the significant advances in cleaner air technologies made by HGV operators.