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Lorries: Foreign Companies

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 27 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport for what reason plans to introduce a vignette for foreign lorries have not been proceeded with. (188477)

We have carried out a study of options for compiling a database of foreign haulage operators and their vehicles to assist in the targeting of enforcement activity, including a “vignette” scheme whereby lorries would pay a charge for use of the roads for a given period of time. We published a progress report alongside the 2007 pre-Budget report. The study has raised a number of legal, technical and practical issues and we are considering the way forward.