The following notice has been
issued by the United Kingdom transport authorities.

If you operate a heavy goods
vehicle weighing 12 tonnes or more within the United Kingdom, whether you
operate for hire or reward or on an own account basis, the new road user levy
will apply. Please take note of the information below.

HGV Road User Levy starts 1
April 2014
Make sure you’re
ready for it

Do you drive a heavy goods
vehicle (HGV) weighing 12 tonnes or more? If so, from 1 April 2014,
you’ll need to pay a levy to use UK roads – before you enter the country.

How much is the levy?

The charge for every HGV is
between £1.70 and £10 a day (£85 and £1,000 per year) depending on the type of
vehicle, number of axles, and weight. You can pay by the day – or save money by
paying in advance by the week, month or year. Whatever payment period you choose,
the levy runs from midnight (00:00:00) to one second before midnight

How do I pay?

It’s really easy to pay
online using a debit or credit card
. You can also pay online with some fuel
cards. There will be a small number of HGV Levy payment points in some ferry
terminals and a few fuel stations, where you can ‘Pay and Go’ using cash or
card. To make payment as quick and easy as possible, it will be possible to set
up an account for the levy from 17 March 2014 – so make a note of this
in your diary now.

Who needs to pay the levy?

The levy can be paid by you,
your company, or a booking agent. However, it’s up to you to check that your
vehicle has a valid levy every time you come to the UK. You can do this quickly
and easily online.

What happens if I don’t pay?

If you haven’t paid the full
levy for your vehicle, automatic number plate recognition cameras, ferry
records and other checks will alert our enforcement agencies when you arrive in
the UK. You’ll have to pay an on-the-spot fine of £300 at the roadside.
If you can’t pay the fine, your vehicle will be impounded, which could
seriously disrupt your delivery schedule and lead to further costs.

What do I need to do now?

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