In an attempt to encourage hauliers to use less polluting vehicles and help improve air quality it has been announced that haulage firms will pay less under the HGV levy for using cleaner lorries from next year. Those operating lorries that do not meet the latest emissions standards will be expected to pay more.
From 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 apparently generate 80% less nitrogen emissions than dirtier ones.
The HGV Road User Levy was introduced in 2014 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 new development will incentivise the industry to choose less polluting lorries. It is believed that when the change comes into effect, over than half of UK vehicles will pay less. As increasing numbers of companies move to cleaner lorries, the UK haulage industry overall is likely to pay less.
Roads Minister Jesse Norman said:
“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.”
This levy is one element of the Government’s £3.5 billion programme to clean up the air and reduce emissions. Other elements are a £255 million for councils to improve air quality a dedicated Clean Air Fund of £220 million for those local areas with the biggest air quality issues.
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