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Finance Act 2014

Section 92: HGV Road User Levy: Rates Tables

Summary

1.This section revises the rates tables in schedule 1 of the HGV Road User Levy Act 2013 to also include rates of Levy which are applicable to goods vehicles that are in weight categories which are in excess of permitted maximum operating weights.

Details of the Section

2.Subsection (2) revises paragraph 4 of Schedule 1 to the HGV Road User Levy Act 2013, so that heavy goods vehicles with a revenue weight in excess of 44,000kg are subject to Levy Band G, but for rigid goods vehicles that meet this revenue weight condition when drawing trailers exceeding 4,000kg plated weight, which are subject to Levy Band E(T).

3.Subsection (3) introduces revised tables to the HGV Road User Levy Act 2013.  These will allow the Levy to be collected from certain categories of goods vehicle weighing 12,000kg or more when these vehicles operate in excess of permitted maximum operating weights.

4.The applicable categories of goods vehicle are: 2 axle rigid and 3 axle rigid goods vehicles, and the same types of vehicle that draw trailers when such trailers weigh 4,000kg or more; as well as tractive units that draw semi-trailers consisting with any number of axles, or with two or more axles.

Background Note

5.HGV Road User Levy rates will begin to take effect from 1 April 2014.  The Levy is intended to introduce a fairer arrangement for UK hauliers by ensuring that foreign hauliers pay to use roads in the UK.

6.Operators of UK licensed tractive units are able to gain operational flexibility by licensing these vehicles to draw semi-trailers with any number of axles or two or more axles or three or more axles.

7.Vehicles that are in weight categories which are in excess of permitted maximum operating weights will remain liable to tax.

8.VED rates for goods vehicles licensed in the United Kingdom are being reduced and restructured to offset the cost of HGV Road User Levy rates.

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