The Freight Transport Association has cautiously welcomed government proposals to charge foreign lorries over 12 tonnes for using UK roads. The FTA thinks that this should mean a fairer deal for domestic road freight operators. Transport Association.
The Freight Transport Association has long argued that foreign lorries should pay their way on the UK’s road network, as long as it doesn’t bring with it an extra cost or administrative burden to UK business.
The high-rate of duty for diesel purchased in the UK compared to diesel purchased elsewhere in Europe has given foreign freight carriers a cost-advantage over UK-based hauliers.