- Ministers say charge is fair because UK hauliers pay tolls on the continent
- New levy is expected to raise £20million a year
PUBLISHED:10:02, 24 October 2012| UPDATED:10:03, 24 October 2012
Foreign lorry drivers are to be charged £10 a day to use British roads, ministers have announced.
The levy is designed to counter the unfairness of UK hauliers paying tolls when driving across the continent.
The tax, which will be capped at £1,000, is expected to raise more than £20million a year
There are around 1.5 million trips by foreign registered HGVs in to the UK every year.
Ministers claim foreign lorries are likely to cause more damage to British roads and they should make a contribution to their upkeep.
Complex rules mean British lorry drivers will have also have to pay the HGV Road User Levy but will receive a rebate in the form of a cut to vehicle excise duty.
Transport minister Stephen Hammond said: ‘The Government believes that it is right that vehicles which cause wear to our roads should make a payment to take account of this.
‘HGVs registered abroad are likely to carry more weight on fewer axles than UK registered vehicles.