HGV Levy to be suspended to help with COVID-19

Posted by AndrewT on 9th Jul 2020

The Government will suspend the HGV Levy for 12 months from August 1. The 12 month suspension is to help reduce financial liabilities for UK and foreign hauliers struggling to cope with impact of Covid-19. The Levy will be suspended until July 31, 2021. A Government spokesperson said: "The haulage industry is critical to keeping the country moving and plays a key role in supporting our economy recovery and growth. The suspension of the Levy is intended to provide some relief to hauliers, given the difficulties faced by the sector during the pandemic." The Levy currently applies to heavy goods vehicles (HGV) of 12 tonnes or more and was implemented to ensure these vehicles make a contribution to the wear and tear of the road network. Hauliers will not need to do anything to benefit from the suspension. A levy rate of zero will automatically apply at a vehicle’s normal VED/levy renewal date from August onwards so that each vehicle will benefit from 12 months of the discounted rate. During the next year, the Government are expected to review the HGV Levy to ensure that it continues to meet the Government’s current and future objectives. They will be work industry representative groups in the development and re-shaping of the levy in the coming months. You can read more at HGV Levy Suspension. Descartes is also providing help to transport operators during the COVID-19 pandemic for their drivers' hours and tachograph compliance. Anyone signing up to SmartAnalysis tachograph analysis software via the online shop will get an additional 3 months added to the subscription period for free. See SmartAnalysis Prepay and get 15 months for the price of 12.