HGV road user levy
The heavy goods vehicle (HGV) road user levy was introduced from 1 April 2014. All HGVs with a maximum design weight exceeding 12,000 kg are required to pay an HGV levy or ‘charge’ for using the UK road network.
Cost and payment
Levy amounts vary according to the vehicle’s weight, levels of engine pollution, axle configuration and the time period during which the levy is applicable. The aim of the levy is to make sure that HGV's make a contribution to the wear and tear of the UK road network.
From 1 February 2019 haulage firms have benefited from a cheaper road user levy if they use less polluting lorries.
The newest lorries generate 80 per cent less nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions than older ones, so lorries meeting the latest Euro VI emissions standards are now eligible for a 10 per cent cut in the cost of the Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) Levy. Euro Class V and older vehicles are required to pay up to 20 per cent more.
UK registered vehicles
Operators of UK registered vehicles pay the levy in a single transaction alongside their vehicle excise duty.
Non-UK registered vehicles
Operators of vehicles registered outside the UK must pay the levy before they enter the UK. Failure to pay this charge before using a qualifying vehicle and trailer on the UK road network will result in the issue of a fixed penalty of £300.
The levy can be paid by day, week, month or year and discounts are available for longer levy periods.
The foreign operator payment system is operated by Northgate Public Services on behalf of the Department for Transport.
HGV Road User Levy online payment facility can be found at:
Further information on the HGV Road User Levy can be found on Gov.uk at: