04/09/2014 (press release: shiply) // Robert Matthams
Shiply, the online transport marketplace welcomed introduction of HGV road user levy by the UK government.
The scheme, effective from 1 April 2014 is a time-based charge to be paid by all heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) of 12 tonnes and more.
As this levy applies to both UK and foreign HGVs, for the first time visiting hauliers are required to pay to operate on British roads.
UK registered vehicles will pay levy costs to the DVLD as part of the vehicle excise duty (VED) payments. According to the government statistics, over 90% of UK HGVs will not see costs rise since VED will be reduced.
Foreign HGV drivers will be facing an annual cost from £85 for the smallest HGV up to £1,000 for the largest. Haulage operators making regular trips to the UK can set up an online account to pay for the levy whereas irregular visitors can pay as you go, with a maximum daily charge set at £10 in line with EU legislation.
With over 70,000 UK hauliers as members of the site, Shiply is delighted with the introduction of the scheme. Robert Matthams, Shiply’s Managing Director said:
“It has become the norm for so many years that UK drivers would pay to use EU roads but not the other way around, which was not right. It is only fair that visiting hauliers should contribute to the cost of our roads if they are using it. The introduction of HGV road user levy will lead to a more level playing field for British and European operators.”