Humber Bridge Toll to be halved for HGVs

Operators using the Humber Bridge Crossing have been given an early Christmas gift from the Chancellor, with plans announced in this week’s Autumn Statement to halve the fee HGVs pay to cross.

Following a hike earlier this year, HGVs over 7.5-tonnes have had to cough up £20.30 to make a single crossing.

However, early this week George Osborne promised to write down the outstanding debt on the Humber crossing by £150m, which will allow tolls to be cut in half.

A spokeswoman for the bridge confirms to Commercialmotor.com that the discount will apply to HGVs, not just cars as reported, and will likely come into force from April next year, although more detail is not currently available.

Media reports suggest the Treasury will also hold talks with stakeholders over the Severn crossing, which will cost HGVs £18.10 to use from next year after a 90p increase.

The latest rise has been attacked by the Freight Transport Association. Policy manager for Wales Ian Gallagher says: “Severn tolls already cost companies many thousands of pounds a month; this latest price hike will make life a lot tougher for hauliers who cross from England into south Wales and comes at a tim when companies are already struggling in the face of higher fuel costs.”

The haulage industry was given short-term relief from escalating fuel prices following the Chancellor’s pledge to scrap the planned January duty rise of 3ppl as well as reducing the August rise by 2ppl to 3ppl, in the Annual Statement.

Yusen Logistics renews BSH deal

Bosch & Siemens Home Appliances (BSH) has renewed its contract with Yusen Logistics for nationwide UK distribution of its complete product range. The two companies have worked together since 2000.

Yusen Logistics covers every UK postcode for BSH, servicing over 2,000 delivery points for BSH's small independent electrical retail customers.

Joe O'Sullivan, logistics manager at BSH UK, says: "We are delighted to continue our relationship with Yusen Logistics. Over the course of our long partnership, Yusen Logistics has consistently delivered a responsive and cost-effective delivery service to meet our customers' requirements."