Foreign lorries are to be charged up to £1,000 a year to use British roads. The fee will technically also apply for UK based lorries but will be offset by an equivalent reduction in vehicle excise duty.

The charge is designed to benefit British domestic hauliers as they have to face a variety of road tolls and charges in Europe.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said “It is simply not right that foreign lorries do not pay to use our roads, when our trucks invariably have to fork out when travelling to the continent. By introducing charges we will create a level playing field, increasing UK competitiveness and boosting growth.”

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