The Government is considering a pay-per-mile road charging system for HGVs, as ministers seek to incentivise hauliers into making the most efficient use of the UK’s road network.
Speaking on Radio 4 just before Christmas, Transport Minister Chris Grayling said rather than penalising HGV drivers, charging lorries based on distance travelled and types of road used would create a level playing field with foreign haulage firms.
“Our hauliers often complain that a continental trucker comes in with a tank full of lower duty diesel, spends several days working in the country, goes away again and pays nothing towards the use of the roads”, Grayling said.
“We already have a system in place that provides some limited contribution, but we’re now consulting the industry.”
The consultation over HGV road pricing is set out in a Department for Transport (DfT) document, which stresses the Government’s intention is “not to raise more money from hauliers” but to “better support wider Government objectives”, such as improving air quality.
The Transport Secretary made clear any possible pay-per-mile charging system for cars was not coming “in the foreseeable future”. The increasing popularity of electric cars means revenue from fuel duty is likely to fall over coming years, however.
The main objectives given for the reform of the HGV Levy are to:
- reward hauliers that plan their routes efficiently
- incentivise efficient use of roads
- improve environmental performance, including air quality and carbon emissions
The consultation ends on 26 January 2018. To read the DfT consultation document and submit a response CLICK HERE.