Irish road haulage operators have been advised that changes to the HGV Road User Levy in the UK will come into effect in February 2019, with vehicles meeting the Euro VI emissions standard eligible for a 10 per cent reduction in the charge.
UK Government statistics show that the cleanest lorries generate 80 per cent fewer nitrogen emissions than the dirtiest – those that do not meet the latest emissions standards will be expected to pay 20 per cent more. The government estimates that more than half of UK vehicles will pay less when the new changes are in place.
The charge was introduced in 2014 to cover the additional wear and tear on UK roads, and the new levy is designed to further encourage companies to switch to the latest vehicles.
Roads Minister Jesse Norman 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.”
Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said, “Air pollution has improved significantly since 2010, but we recognise there is more to do which is why we have put in place a £3.5 billion plan to improve air quality and reduce harmful emissions.”