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Foreign Lorries

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

13. To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will bring forward proposals for a scheme to charge foreign registered lorries for their use of the UK's road network. (190984)

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