The HGV road user levy applies to heavy goods vehicles (HGV) of 12 tonnes or more. The aim of the levy is to ensure these vehicles make a contribution to the wear and tear of the road network. The levy amount varies according to the vehicle’s weight, axle configuration and levy duration.
Payments are collected by the DVLA. UK registered vehicles pay levy costs at the same time and in the same transaction as vehicle excise duty (VED). Changes to VED were announced by the Chancellor in the March 2013 Budget and were made in the Finance Bill 2014.
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.