Charge proposal for foreign trucks

Ministers have announced plans to charge foreign lorry drivers using UK roads a daily fee that will be ploughed back into maintenance and repairs.

Under the proposals foreign haulage firms will be charged £10 a day for each truck in a move which has also been designed to offer a boost to UK firms.

However, a council has called on the Government to ensure that the cash will be passed onto them so they can use it to fix roads.

Kent County Council said ministers needed to back up the claims that the cash will be directed to local authorities with something concrete.

Leader Paul Carter said: "It's great to see the Government putting a firm plan on the table. We've spent 20 years asking for this sort of system."

Under current rules foreign firms are not charged for using British roads. The plans will also include UK firms, but they'll be able to claim the cash back.

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