In February 2019 lorries will be able to qualify for a reduced cost of the Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) levy. The lorries must meet the latest Euro VI emissions standards in order to receive a 10 per cent reduction. Likewise, lorries that no not meet the latest emissions standards will be required to pay 20% more.
“This government is committed to improving the air we breathe and delivering a green revolution in transport,” says roads minister Jesse Norman, “Heavy goods vehicles account for around a fifth of harmful nitrogen oxide emissions from road transport, but they only travel 5% of the total miles.”
That’s why we’re changing the HGV levy to encourage firms to phase out the most polluting lorries and bring in the cleanest ones,” he concludes.
“Air pollution has improved significantly since 2010, but we recognise there is more to do which is why we have put in place a £3.5 billion plan to improve air quality and reduce harmful emissions,” explains environment minister Thérèse Coffey.
“Poor air quality affects public health, the economy, and the environment, and all motorists, including hauliers, must play their part if we are to clean up our air for the next generation,” she highlights.
Over half of UK lorries will less once this change comes into place next year. Overall, this will benefit the UK haulage industry as the number of companies making the switch to cleaner vehicles increases.