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Lorries: Tolls

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) whether his Department is conducting work on the lorry road user charge; (141858)

(2) what steps the Government is taking to ensure that foreign hauliers pay for their financial and environmental impact on UK roads.

The Department is not conducting work on a specific lorry road user charging scheme. It was announced to the House on 5 July 2005 that the specific procurement exercise for a lorry road user charging scheme would not continue, but that we would continue to work with the industry and to ensure that we carry the full experience gained from the project into the wider work on road pricing for cars and lorries.

The Department is currently undertaking a feasibility study to explore ways of delivering better targeted enforcement on foreign heavy goods vehicles. This is looking at a range of potential schemes including a vignette. No decisions have been taken on this.