After section 15 of the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 there shall be inserted—
"15A Exception for tractive units from charge at higher rate
duty at a higher rate does not become chargeable under section 15 by reason only that while the licence is in force the tractive unit is used with a semi-trailer with fewer axles than that minimum number, if the condition in subsection (2) is satisfied.
(2) The condition is that the rate of duty at which the licence was taken out is equal to or exceeds the rate which would have been applicable if the revenue weight of the tractive unit had been a weight equal to the actual laden weight, at the time of the use, of the articulated vehicle consisting of the tractive unit and the semi-trailer.".
(2) Section 16 of that Act shall cease to have effect.
(3) This Resolution has effect in relation to the use of a tractive unit on or after 9th April 2003.
And it is hereby declared that it is expedient in the public interest that this Resolution should have statutory effect under the provisions of the Provisional Collection of Taxes Act 1968.