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Castle Point MP supports Bill charging foreign HGV drivers to use UK roads
9:58am Wednesday 24th October 2012 in News
CASTLE Point MP Rebecca Harris has welcomed a bill seeking to charge foreign lorries using Britain’s roads.
The Heavy Goods Vehicle Road User Levy Bill will introduce a charge for all heavy duty vehicles weighing more than 12 tonnes for using the UK road network.
Currently UK haulage companies have to pay charges of up to a maximum of £1,000 a year to use roads abroad.
It is hoped the Bill could help level the playing field for UK HGV drivers and increase competition in the international market.
Mrs Harris said: “I am pleased that the Government has brought in this important Bill that will ensure fairness for the UK’s hauliers.
“It is wrong that for years our lorry drivers have faced charges when using roads abroad, yet we did not charge foreign HGVs for using our roads. This Bill should finally end that inequality.”
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