HGV road user levy

Road user levy for heavy goods vehicles information.


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Government has introduced a road user levy for heavy goods vehicles (HGV), 12 tonnes or more, aimed at ensuring these vehicles make a contribution to the wear and tear of the UK road network. This levy was introduced by the HGV Road User Levy Act 2013 and began on 1 April 2014.

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Cost and payment

Levy amounts vary according to the vehicle’s weight, axle configuration and levy duration.

UK registered vehicles

From 1 April 2014, UK registered vehicles will pay levy costs at the same time and in the same transaction as vehicle excise duty (VED) with payments collected by the DVLA.

VED has been reduced and, consequently, over 90% of HGVs will not see costs rise. The VED changes were announced by the Chancellor in the March 2013 Budget and have been made in the Finance Bill 2014.

UK Registered vehicles

Non-UK registered vehicles

Vehicles registered abroad must make levy payments before entering the UK (including Northern Ireland) and details about levy amounts are available. The levy can be paid by day, week, month or year and discounts are available for longer levy periods.

Online payment of the HGV road user levy for operators completing journeys on UK roads is available now and also offers a ‘registered account’ and a ‘pay and go’ purchasing option.

‘Pay and go’ puchasing can also be completed:

The foreign operator payment system is operated by Northgate Public Services on behalf of the Department for Transport. Visiting HGV drivers and operators of HGVs registered outside of the UK can sign up for updates about how and where to pay levy. The latest update and previous bulletins are available along with a payment guide and frequently asked questions relating to the levy.

Other information regarding the road user levy is:

  • there is no physical sign of payment through the display of a paper disc, sticker or similar item
  • payment of the levy is recorded in a database using the vehicle registration as the unique identifier
  • a public web based database is available to allow anyone to check the levy status of an HGV by entering its registration number.
  • the payment database enables authorities to identify and take necessary action where the levy has not been paid, or underpayment is suspected.
  • the introduction of a charging scheme for foreign hauliers is something the logistics industry has long called for, provided that the cost burden on UK carriers remains roughly neutral
  • failure to pay the levy is a criminal offence, attracting a £300 fixed penalty notice – or in the case of foreign HGVs, a deposit taken at the roadside
  • the HGV road user levy scheme is primarily enforced by the Vehicle Operator Services Agency (VOSA) in England, Scotland and Wales, with Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) enforcing the scheme in Northern Ireland - the police also have enforcement powers
  • the policy to implement a HGV road user levy is contained in the coalition agreement and in the Department for Transport’s business plan
  • there are about 260,000 UK registered HGVs weighing more than 12 tonnes – this is out of a total UK HGV fleet of 465,500 (TSGB 2012)
  • about 130,000 foreign HGVs enter the UK each year, making a total of 1.5 million trips (Survey of foreign vehicle activity)
  • there are no caps to the value of daily, weekly and monthly levies that can be purchased for a specific vehicle

The levy follows a Department for Transport consultation on charging heavy goods vehicles in early 2012 with its response published in October 2012

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  1. Lorry levy hauls in more than £17 million from foreign truckers

    • 14 August 2014
    • News story
  2. Spot fines for foreign hauliers who drive tired

    • 16 June 2014
    • Press release
  3. Drivers’ hours and HGV Levy: historical offences

    • 28 November 2014
    • Consultation outcome
  4. A fairer deal for UK hauliers

    • 25 January 2012
    • Press release
  5. Charging heavy goods vehicles consultation

    • 25 January 2012
    • Consultation outcome
  6. Charging heavy goods vehicles

    • 25 January 2012
    • Statement to Parliament
  7. HGV road user levy

    • 23 October 2012
    • Statement to Parliament
  8. HGV Road User Levy Bill

    • 31 October 2012
    • Statement to Parliament
  9. HGV Road User Levy Bill

    • 18 July 2013
    • Statement to Parliament
  10. Charging foreign hauliers in the UK moves a step closer

    • 4 September 2013
    • Press release
  11. Secondary legislation relating to the HGV Road User Levy Act 2013

    • 19 December 2013
    • Consultation outcome
  12. Foreign truck firms set to pay to use UK roads for first time

    • 31 March 2014
    • News story
  13. Introduction of the HGV road user levy

    • 1 April 2014
    • Statement to Parliament