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Foreign Hauliers

Volume 454: debated on Tuesday 5 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what mechanisms are in place to ensure that foreign hauliers contribute towards the environmental costs of their work in the UK. (104570)

We are taking forward plans for distance-based lorry charging as part of our wider work on national road pricing. Road pricing has the potential to reflect the wider costs which lorries impose in the UK, especially congestion costs.

All EU registered lorries operating in the UK have to pay at least the EU prescribed minimum levels of fuel duty and vehicle excise duty, thus contributing towards the costs which they impose.