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Finance Act 1995

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Goods vehicles

14(1)Part VIII of Schedule 1 to the 1994 Act (goods vehicles) shall be amended as follows.

(2)Paragraph 8 (basic rate) shall be omitted.

(3)In paragraph 9(1) (rates of duty for rigid goods vehicles)—

(a)at the beginning there shall be inserted “Subject to sub-paragraphs (2) and (3),”;

(b)for the words “a plated gross weight (or, in Northern Ireland, a relevant maximum weight) exceeding 7,500 kilograms” there shall be substituted “a revenue weight exceeding 3,500 kilograms”;

(c)in paragraph (a) for the words “plated gross weight (or relevant maximum weight)” there shall be substituted “revenue weight”.

(4)The following table shall be substituted for the table in paragraph 9(1)—

Revenue weight of vehicle
(1) Exceeding(2) Not Exceeding
Rate
(3) Two axle vehicle(4) Three axle vehicle(5) Four or more axle vehicle
kgskgs£££
3,5007,500150150150
7,50012,000290290290
12,00013,000450470340
13,00014,000630470340
14,00015,000810470340
15,00017,0001,280470340
17,00019,0001,280820340
19,00021,0001,280990340
21,00023,0001,2801,420490
23,00025,0001,2802,160800
25,00027,0001,2802,2601,420
27,00029,0001,2802,2602,240
29,00031,0001,2802,2603,250
31,00044,0001,2802,2604,250

(5)For sub-paragraph (2) of paragraph 9 there shall be substituted the following sub-paragraphs—

(2)The annual rate of vehicle excise duty applicable—

(a)to any rigid goods vehicle which is a showman’s goods vehicle with a revenue weight exceeding 3,500 kilograms but not exceeding 44,000 kilograms, and

(b)to any rigid goods vehicle which is an island goods vehicle with a revenue weight exceeding 3,500 kilograms,

shall be the basic goods vehicle rate.

(3)The annual rate of vehicle excise duty applicable to a rigid goods vehicle which has a revenue weight exceeding 44,000 kilograms and is not an island goods vehicle shall be the heavy tractive unit rate.

(4)In sub-paragraph (2) the reference to the basic goods vehicle rate is to the rate applicable, by virtue of sub-paragraph (1), to a rigid goods vehicle which falls within column (3) of the table in that sub-paragraph and has a revenue weight exceeding 3,500 kilograms and not exceeding 7,500 kilograms.

(5)In sub-paragraph (3) the reference to the heavy tractive unit rate is to the rate applicable, by virtue of sub-paragraph (1) of paragraph 11, to a tractive unit which falls within column (3) of the table in that sub-paragraph and has a revenue weight exceeding 38,000 kilograms and not exceeding 44,000 kilograms.

(6)In paragraph 10(1) (trailer supplement) for the words “plated gross weight (or relevant maximum weight)”—

(a)in the first place where they occur, there shall be substituted “revenue weight”; and

(b)in the second and third places where they occur, there shall be substituted “plated gross weight”.

(7)In paragraph 10(2) (lower rate of trailer supplement)—

(a)the words “(or relevant maximum weight)” shall be omitted; and

(b)for “£135” there shall be substituted “an amount equal to the amount of the general rate specified in paragraph 1(2)”.

(8)In paragraph 10(3) (higher rate of trailer supplement)—

(a)the words “(or relevant maximum weight)” shall be omitted; and

(b)for “£370” there shall be substituted “an amount equal to 275 per cent. of the amount of the general rate specified in paragraph 1(2)”.

(9)In paragraph 10 the following sub-paragraphs shall be inserted after sub-paragraph (3)—

(3A)Where an amount arrived at in accordance with sub-paragraph (3) is an amount—

(a)which is not a multiple of £10, and

(b)which on division by ten does not produce a remainder of £5,

the amount of the trailer supplement is the amount arrived at rounded (either up or down) to the nearest amount which is a multiple of £10.

(3B)Where an amount arrived at in accordance with sub-paragraph (3) is an amount which on division by ten produces a remainder of £5, the amount of the trailer supplement is the amount arrived at increased by £5.

(10)Paragraph 10(4) (reference to paragraph 12) shall be omitted.

(11)In paragraph 11(1) (rates of duty for tractive units)—

(a)at the beginning there shall be inserted “Subject to sub-paragraphs (2) and (3),”;

(b)for the words “a plated train weight (or, in Northern Ireland, a relevant maximum train weight) exceeding 7,500 kilograms” there shall be substituted “a revenue weight exceeding 3,500 kilograms”;

(c)in paragraph (a) for the words “plated train weight (or relevant maximum train weight)” there shall be substituted “revenue weight”.

(12)The following table shall be substituted for the table in paragraph 11(1)—

Revenue weight of tractive unit
(1) Exceeding(2) Not exceeding
Rate for tractive unit with two axles
(3) Any no. of semi-trailer axles(4) 2 or more semi-trailer axles(5) 3 or more semi-trailer axles
Rate for tractive unit with three or more axles
(6) Any no. of semi-trailer axles(7) 2 or more semi-trailer axles(8) 3 or more semi-trailer axles
kgskgs££££££
3,5007,500150150150150150150
7,50012,000290290290290290290
12,00016,000440440440440440440
16,00020,000500440440440440440
20,00023,000780440440440440440
23,00026,0001,150570440570440440
26,00028,0001,1501,0904401,090440440
28,00031,0001,6801,6801,0501,680640440
31,00033,0002,4502,4501,6802,450970440
33,00034,0005,0005,0001,6802,4501,420550
34,00036,0005,0005,0002,7502,4502,030830
36,00038,0005,0005,0003,1002,7302,7301,240
38,00044,0005,0005,0003,1002,7302,7301,240

(13)For sub-paragraph (2) of paragraph 11 there shall be substituted the following sub-paragraphs—

(2)The annual rate of vehicle excise duty applicable—

(a)to any tractive unit which is a showman’s goods vehicle with a revenue weight exceeding 3,500 kilograms but not exceeding 44,000 kilograms, and

(b)to any tractive unit which is an island goods vehicle with a revenue weight exceeding 3,500 kilograms,

shall be the basic goods vehicle rate.

(3)The annual rate of vehicle excise duty applicable to a tractive unit which has a revenue weight exceeding 44,000 kilograms and is not an island goods vehicle shall be the heavy tractive unit rate.

(4)In sub-paragraph (2) the reference to the basic goods vehicle rate is to the rate applicable, by virtue of sub-paragraph (1) of paragraph 9, to a rigid goods vehicle which falls within column (3) of the table in that sub-paragraph and has a revenue weight exceeding 3,500 kilograms and not exceeding 7,500 kilograms.

(5)In sub-paragraph (3) the reference to the heavy tractive unit rate is to the rate applicable, by virtue of sub-paragraph (1), to a tractive unit which falls within column (3) of the table in that sub-paragraph and has a revenue weight exceeding 38,000 kilograms and not exceeding 44,000 kilograms.

(14)Paragraph 12 (farmers' goods vehicles and showmen’s goods vehicles) shall be omitted.

(15)In paragraph 13(1) (regulations for reducing plated weights) for the words from “its plated gross weight” to “weight specified” there shall be substituted “its revenue weight were such lower weight as may be specified”.

(16)In paragraph 14 (vehicles for conveying machines) sub-paragraphs (b) and (c) shall be omitted.

(17)In paragraph 17(1) (meaning of “trailer”)—

(a)at the end of paragraph (a) there shall be inserted “or”;

(b)paragraphs (c) to (e) (road construction vehicles, certain farming implements drawn by farmer’s goods vehicle, and certain trailers used to carry gas for propulsion, excluded from meaning of “trailer”) shall be omitted.

(18)Paragraph 17(2) (interpretation of paragraph 17(1)(e)) shall be omitted.

(19)The following shall be inserted after paragraph 17—

Meaning of “island goods vehicle”

18(1)In this Part “island goods vehicle” means any goods vehicle which—

(a)is kept for use wholly or partly on the roads of one or more small islands; and

(b)is not kept or used on any mainland road, except in a manner authorised by sub-paragraph (2) or (3).

(2)The keeping or use of a goods vehicle on a mainland road is authorised by this sub-paragraph if—

(a)the road is one used for travel between a landing place and premises where vehicles disembarked at that place are loaded or unloaded, or both;

(b)the length of the journey, using that road, from that landing place to those premises is not more than five kilometres;

(c)the vehicle in question is one which was disembarked at that landing place after a journey by sea which began on a small island; and

(d)the loading or unloading of that vehicle is to take place, or has taken place, at those premises.

(3)The keeping or use of a goods vehicle on a mainland road is authorised by this sub-paragraph if—

(a)that vehicle has a revenue weight not exceeding 17,000 kilograms;

(b)that vehicle is normally kept at a base or centre on a small island; and

(c)the only journeys for which that vehicle is used are ones that begin or end at that base or centre.

(4)References in this paragraph to a small island are references to any such island falling within sub-paragraph (5) as may be designated as a small island by an order made by the Secretary of State.

(5)An island falls within this sub-paragraph if—

(a)it has an area of 230,000 hectares or less; and

(b)the absence of a bridge, causeway, tunnel, ford or other way makes it at all times impracticable for road vehicles to be driven under their own power from that island as far as the mainland.

(6)The reference in sub-paragraph (5) to driving a road vehicle as far as the mainland is a reference to driving it as far as any public road in the United Kingdom which is not on an island with an area of 230,000 hectares or less and is not a road connecting two such islands.

(7)In this paragraph—

  • “island” includes anything that is an island only when the tide reaches a certain height;

  • “landing place” means any place at which vehicles are disembarked after sea journeys;

  • “mainland road” means any public road in the United Kingdom, other than one which is on a small island or which connects two such islands; and

  • “road vehicles” means vehicles which are designed or adapted primarily for being driven on roads and which do not have any special features for facilitating their being driven elsewhere;

and references in this paragraph to the loading or unloading of a vehicle include references to the loading or unloading of its trailer or semi-trailer.

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