Euro VI lorries to pay reduced £900 levy

From February 2019, trucks meeting Euro VI emissions standards will be eligible for a 10 per cent reduction in the cost of the Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) levy. Changes to the levy mean that, from February 2019, Euro 0-V compliant trucks will have to pay a £1200 levy rate. Euro VI trucks however, will pay just £900. The current rate is £1000.

The cleanest lorries generate 80 per cent less nitrogen emissions. Those lorries that don’t meet the latest emissions standards will be expected to pay 20 per cent more.

Roads Minister Jesse Norman said: “This Government is committed to improving the air we breathe and delivering a green revolution in transport.  Heavy Goods Vehicles account for around a fifth of harmful nitrogen oxide emissions from road transport, but they only travel 5 per cent 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.”

Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said: “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. 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.”

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