Welcome to the all-new Commercialmotor.com
If you are a regular reader of Roadtransport.com, you may be wondering why you have landed on Commercialmotor.com today. Don’t panic, you haven’t come to the wrong place - we’ve evolved.
The website is now branded like its print title, Commercial Motor magazine, which has been at the heart of the road transport industry for more than 100 years. Just like the magazine, Commercialmotor.com is designed to be an essential tool for the busy road transport operator.
We have a brand new Used Trucks platform where you can buy and sell products. We have made the functionality straightforward, making it as quick and easy as possible to find the right products to meet your needs.
And, with the biggest audience in road transport, commercialmotor.com/usedtrucks will be the place where the whole industry will do business.
Staying abreast of the latest changes in our industry isn’t an easy task. Our Business Resource section brings you everything you need to know and what you need to do in a quick and digestible form.
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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.