UK HGV Road User Levy
The Equestrian Council of Northern Ireland has recently been made aware of the above legislation which impacts non UK vehicles weighing 12 tonnes and over using UK roads. These vehicles are liable to pay a levy as soon as they enter UK territory – the levy is required to be paid before entering the UK. It would appear that two R of I registered horseboxes travelling home recently were stopped and had to pay a £300 fine. The costs which are payable on daily, weekly or monthly rates range from £2.10 per day to £35 per month depending on the lorry vehicle band.
Further information is available from the following web sites: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/hgv-road-user-levy
This has the potential to impact equestrian sport within Northern Ireland and ECNI will be lobbying the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to seek an exemption for vehicles involved in equestrian sport. We may be approaching you shortly to seek your assistance with this and will contact you again later in this regard. In the interim we felt it was appropriate to make you aware of the legislation as it may affect a number of your members with immediate effect. The websites also provide information on how to pay the levy. We hope that we have included all relevant organisations in this email and would ask that you forward it on as you consider appropriate.
NOTE: UK HGV Road User Levy Information
The Equestrian Council for Northern Ireland would like remind HGV lorry owners aware of the HGV Road User Levy. This legislation was introduced in April 2014 and requires all vehicles registered abroad (including the Republic of Ireland) weighing 12 tonnes and over using UK roads to pay the HGV Levy, vehicles are liable as soon as they enter the UK territory. The Levy must be paid before entering the UK. The levy can be paid by day, week, month or year and discounts are available for longer levy periods. Further information is available on www.gov.uk/government/collections/hgv-road-user-levy and http://www.eurotunnelfreight.com/uk/about/uk-hgv-road-user-levy/. For vehicles registered in UK the levy is included within the Vehicle Excise rates currently applied to the vehicle.
ECNI is aware that two vehicles were recently the subject of on the spot fines of £300 on the A1. The daily rates are dependent upon the vehicle size and vary between £2.10 and £10 per day, weekly and monthly rates are also available and can be found on the above website. This has the potential to impact equestrian sport within Northern Ireland and ECNI will be lobbying the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to seek an exemption for vehicles involved in equestrian sport.