Foreign lorry drivers road charge

Foreign lorry drivers, who currently use the UK roads for free, could soon be charged up to £10 a day, it has been announced.

In a bid to boost competitiveness for UK hauliers, the Government plans to charge foreign lorry drivers, making them contribute to maintenance costs.

Britain is one of the only countries in the EU who do not currently charge HGV drivers to use its roads, while UK drivers pay charges or tolls on most haulage trips across Europe.

Roads Minister Mike Penning said: "Each year there are around 1.5 million trips to the UK by foreign registered lorries - but none of them pay to use our roads, leaving UK businesses and taxpayers to foot the bill."

Under the planned system of HGV road charging, UK hauliers will be charged the daily fee but allowed to claim it back.

The Department for Transport (DfT) claims the new proposals, which will be outlined in Parliament later, will create a fairer deal for the domestic haulage industry by "helping to level the playing field with foreign hauliers, boosting their market share and increasing employment and promoting growth in the UK".

Copyright Press Association 2012