Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Road Haulage and Other Freight Interests Need to Register for UK Road Levy - NOW!

Less than a Month Before Truckers Have to Pay to Use British Roads
Shipping News Feature

UK – The Department for Transport (DfT) and its chosen partner in the UK HGV Road Levy Scheme, Northgate Public Services is reminding road haulage operators and other interested parties in the freight industry who are likely to use the services of overseas vehicles of 12 tonnes and above on British roads after the 1st of April 2014 that these vehicles will have to pay the appropriate levy prior to the trucks entering the country.

Northgate has issued the second of its public bulletins to aid anyone who needs to use the system and is even offering the chance of winning a £25 Amazon voucher to those prepared to ‘test the system’ before it becomes fully operational. The date for free bulk registration looms close (7 March) whilst ten days later pre-registration and pre-purchase begins for hauliers with less than 50 vehicles.

Teams of Northgate support staff are already to be found on RoRo ferries and at truck stops ready to explain the full details of the scheme and with the sort of technology commonly in use on the country’s roads, such as automatic number plate recognition, it seems likely only the foolish will try and drive without first ensuring their legality under the new legislation.

Our previous article gave full details with links for instructions on the scheme and the sort of penalties which transgressors can expect. The scheme may well satisfy the demands of many UK based transport businesses which have long felt that schemes such as the Eurovignette payable by British registered trucks whilst working in many countries across continental Europe meant an unfair trade situation existed.