Haulage firms will benefit from a cheaper fee if they use less polluting lorries in plans to improve air quality across the UK.
They will pay less under the HGV levy for using cleaner lorries from next year, while those operating lorries that do not meet the latest emissions standards will be expected to pay more. This will encourage hauliers to use less polluting vehicles and help improve air quality.
In a change to the rules that comes into force on 1 February 2019, the HGV levy for Euro VI lorries will be reduced by 10 per cent. All other vehicles will pay 20 per cent more.
The cleanest lorries generate 80% less nitrogen emissions than dirtier ones. Those lorries that do not meet the latest emissions standards will be expected to pay 20% more.
Roads Minister Jesse Norman said: “This government is committed to improving the air we breathe and delivering a green revolution in transport.
Heavy goods vehicles account for around a fifth of harmful nitrogen oxide emissions from road transport, but they only travel 5% of the total miles.
That’s why we’re changing the HGV levy to encourage firms to phase out the most polluting lorries and bring in the cleanest ones.
We’re encouraging cleaner lorries as part of our £3.5 billion programme to improve air quality.”
The HGV Road User Levy, introduced in 2014, was brought in as a first step to ensure lorries pay a charge to cover the greater wear and tear they cause to road surfaces than other vehicles. This change to the levy will further incentivise the industry to choose less polluting lorries.
When the change comes into effect, more than half of UK vehicles will pay less. As increasing numbers of companies move to cleaner lorries, the UK haulage industry overall will pay less.
Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said: “Air pollution has improved significantly since 2010, but we recognise there is more to do which is why we have put in place a £3.5 billion plan to improve air quality and reduce harmful emissions.
Poor air quality affects public health, the economy, and the environment, and all motorists, including hauliers, must play their part if we are to clean up our air for the next generation.”
The HGV levy is just one element of the government’s £3.5 billion programme to clean up the air and reduce emissions, which includes £255 million for councils to improve air quality and a dedicated Clean Air Fund of £220 million for those local areas with the biggest air quality challenges.
Changes to the levy
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