From 1 April, foreign hauliers will have to pay to use UK roads as the new HGV Road User Levy is introduced.
The charge aims to ensure UK operators are better able to compete with firms from Europe. It applies to all operators but is accompanied by a reduction in Vehicle Excise Duty so that nine out of 10 domestic vehicles see no increase in costs.
Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin said, The HGV levy will provide a massive boost for the UK haulage industry. It will create a level playing field across Europe, giving UK firms a much better opportunity to win business.
This is yet another example of how we are taking positive action to back British business and build a stronger, more competitive economy.
A fine of £300 per vehicle will be imposed for failure to pay the levy which has been welcomed by trade bodies.