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Roads: Freight

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what research his Department has carried out on charges for foreign haulage vehicles to enter the UK; what estimate he has made of (a) the maximum feasible charge per vehicle and (b) the potential annual revenue to accrue from such charges; and if he will make a statement. (254758)

The Department for Transport undertook a freight data feasibility study last year to identify realistic and legal options to deliver a database to link non-UK HGVs to their hauliers and enable enforcement agencies to better target their resources. This included consideration of a “vignette” scheme, a time-based user charging system.

The study found that less than 11 Euros, on average, could be raised per foreign HGV per day under a vignette—due to the limitations imposed by the EU’s E’urovignette Directive. Such a scheme offered a benefit to cost ratio of between 1.06 and 1.25 including ‘optimism bias’, with potential gross revenues of around £350 million over 10 years from non-UK hauliers.