DfT launches consultation on HGV Road User Levy penalties for foreign hauliers
The Department for Transport (DfT) has asked for the industry’s view on a proposed penalty amount of £300 for foreign drivers caught at the roadside who have failed to pay the HGV Road User Levy when it comes into force next April.
The question is part of a six-week DfT consultation launched today (26 September) relating to secondary legislation for the implementation of the HGV Road User Levy Act 2013.
Under the Act, it is an offence for any vehicle over 12 tonnes to use a UK road without paying the appropriate levy. The consultation proposes a fixed penalty notice (FPN) of £300 for UK-registered offenders, in line with offences of a similar nature, such as breaking drivers’ hours rules and exceeding the individual axle weights permitted on a vehicle.
For offenders without a satisfactory UK address, a financial penalty deposit (FPD), also set at £300, is suggested. The deposit would be held for a specified period, during which the recipient of the FPN may request a court hearing.
“If the recipient is successful at the hearing, the deposit will be returned; if the recipient is unsuccessful, the deposit will be put towards payment of the fine imposed by the court. If the recipient does not request a hearing, the deposit is put towards payment of the fixed penalty,” the DfT consultation stated.
The DfT has also asked for feedback on a proposed amendment to the way VED weight bands are set to bring it in line with the way the EU directive on road user charging sets VED rates.
The change will mean that a vehicle with a particular plated weight will be able to be loaded up to, but not including that weight.