If you drive a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) weighing 12 tonnes or more, as of 1 April 2014, you’ll need to pay a levy to use UK roads before you enter the country.
The charge for every HGV is between £1.70 and £10 a day (£85 and £1,000 per year), dependant on type of vehicle, number of axles, and weight. You can choose to pay by the day, or save money by paying in advance by the week, month or year. Whatever you choose, the levy runs from midnight (00:00:00) to one second before midnight (23:59:59).
We offer a point-of-sale service, meaning you can pay the following day through Ashford International Truck Stop. We charge a transaction fee of £1, but are not the provider of the levy services. We offer a top-up service for the following day only. If you’re looking to set up an account or pay by the week, month, or year, see below.
How do I pay?
You can pay online using a debit or credit card. You can also pay online with some fuel cards. There will be a small number of HGV Levy payment points in some ferry terminals and a few fuel stations, where you can ‘Pay and Go’ using cash or card.
To make payment as quick and easy as possible, it will be possible to set up an account for the levy from 17 March 2014.
Who needs to pay the levy?
The levy can be paid by you, your company, or a booking agent. However, it’s up to you to check your vehicle has a valid levy every time you come to the UK. You can check your vehicle online.
What happens if I don’t pay?
If you haven’t paid the full levy for your vehicle, automatic number-plate recognition cameras, ferry records and other checks will alert our enforcement agencies when you arrive in the UK. You’ll have to pay an on-the-spot fine of £300 at the roadside. If you can’t pay the fine, your vehicle will be impounded, which could seriously disrupt your delivery schedule and lead to further costs.