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Real change to lorry charging needed, say campaigners

28 March 2018

Campaign for Better Transport reacts today (28 March), to the announcement by Road Minister, Jesse Norman MP, on reductions in the HGV levy for less polluting lorries. 

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail Manager, Campaign for Better Transport, said:

“While we welcome measures to reward hauliers for using cleaner less polluting engine technology (euro VI), what is really needed is a fundamental reform of lorry charging.

“The existing daily charge neither reflects the real per mile costs of HGVs, nor incentivises efficiency which results in unnecessary lorry miles causing extra congestion, road damage, collisions and pollution.”


For further information please contact Richard Watkins on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773 468 or richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  • The DfT announcement can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/new-measures-to-ensure-lower-emission-lorries-will-pay-less-to-use-uk-roads
  • Currently, 30 per cent of lorries are driving around completely empty, the highest level for years, with only a third of trucks fully loaded (in terms of volume of goods)
  • Our latest research, issued this year, shows that HGVs are still only paying a third of the costs they impose on society in terms of road congestion, road damage, collisions and pollution which results in a £6 billion annual subsidy from taxpayers.
  • Furthermore it shows that, HGVs are in fact only paying eleven per cent of their road infrastructure costs despite the fact that the FTA wrongly claim that HGVs are paying three times their road damage costs. - MTRU report – latest report
  • Read our press release - Flawed report uses out-of-date figures to falsely claim HGVs pay for the damage they cause
  • RepGraph Heavy Goods Vehicles: Do they pay their way? - impacts on road surfaces, is available from the FTA website
  • Euro VI engines generate 80 per cent less nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions than older ones, HGVs are almost seven times more likely than cars to be involved in fatal crashes on local roads- DfT Stats  Source: Traffic statistics table TRA0104, Accident statistics Table RAS 30017, both DfT