The HGV Road User Levy is a time-based charge of up to £1,000 a year or £10 a day and applies to heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) of 12 or more tonnes.
The levy sets out to ensure that business fleets contribute to the cost of road repairs across the national road network. Wear and tear loosens road surfaces, creating uneven surfaces and potholes, the heavier the vehicle the bigger the effect.
From 1st February 2019, lorries that meet the latest Euro VI emissions standards will be eligible for a 10% discount on the HGV Road user Levy.
Those operating, Euro V or older vehicles that do not meet emissions standards, will now have to pay 20% more.
The levy follows a consultation on charging heavy goods vehicles. It was introduced by the HGV Road User Levy Act 2013 and began on 1 April 2014.
The levy amount varies according to the vehicle’s weight, axle configuration and levy duration. The below table shows the levy amount based on the Euro levies purchased from 1st February 2019: