HGV levy changes announced to incentivise use of cleaner lorries

Ministers yesterday announced plans to encourage the use of clean lorries by changing the rates paid by haulage operators, so that lorries which meet the Euro VI emissions standard will be eligible for a 10% reduction of the current Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) levy.

As of February 2019 the levy for lorries which meet the Euro VI standard will reduce from the existing rate of £1000 to £900. Other vehicles will be required to pay 20% more than the current rate, including those that only meet the Euro 0-V standard, which will have to pay £1200. The changes in levy are an attempt to incentivise haulage operators to use less polluting lorries in an effort to improve air quality in the UK.

The government estimates that when these changes come into effect next year, over half of UK vehicles will pay less, as will the UK haulage industry overall as more and more companies move to using cleaner lorries, which can generate 80% less nitrogen emissions than dirtier ones.

Roads Minister Jesse Norman who announced the new measures 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.”

The HGV road user levy, which was introduced in 2014, 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 wear on the road network.

Alongside the HGV levy the government is also putting £255 million towards helping councils to improve air quality as well as a Clean Air Fund of £220 million, as part of its total £3.5 billion programme to reduce emissions and improve the air.

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