HGV Road User Levy Act 2013

JurisdictionUK Non-devolved
Citation2013 c. 7


HGV Road User Levy Act 2013

2013 CHAPTER 7

An Act to make provision charging a levy in respect of the use or keeping of heavy goods vehicles on public roads in the United Kingdom, and for connected purposes.

[28th February 2013]

Most Gracious Sovereign

WE, Your Majesty's most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Commons of the United Kingdom in Parliament assembled, towards raising the necessary supplies to defray Your Majesty's public expenses, and making an addition to the public revenue, have freely and voluntarily resolved to make the provision hereinafter mentioned; and do therefore most humbly beseech Your Majesty that it may be enacted, and be it enacted by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-

Charging provisions

Charging provisions

S-1 Charge to HGV road user levy

1 Charge to HGV road user levy

(1) A duty of excise, called HGV road user levy, is charged in respect of any heavy goods vehicle that is used or kept on a road to which this Act applies.

(2) HGV road user levy is to be levied by the Secretary of State.

S-2 Meaning of "heavy goods vehicle"

2 Meaning of "heavy goods vehicle"

(1) In this Act "heavy goods vehicle" means a mechanically propelled vehicle with a revenue weight of 12,000 kilograms or more, or a heavy motor car within the meaning given by section 185 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, in respect of which vehicle excise duty-

(a) is charged at the rate applicable to the vehicle in accordance with Part 6 (vehicles used for exceptional loads) or Part 8 (goods vehicles) of Schedule 1 to the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994 ("the 1994 Act"), or

(b) would be so charged but for an exemption granted on the basis that the vehicle is only temporarily in the United Kingdom.

(2) In this Act-

"UK heavy goods vehicle" means a heavy goods vehicle within subsection (1)(a);

"non-UK heavy goods vehicle" means a heavy goods vehicle within subsection (1)(b).

(3) The Secretary of State may by order amend subsection (1) by substituting a different number of kilograms for the number for the time being specified there.

(4) An order under subsection (3) may make consequential amendments to Schedule 1.

(5) An order under subsection (3) may not be made unless a draft of the statutory instrument containing it has been laid before the House of Commons and approved by a resolution of that House.

S-3 Roads to which this Act applies

3 Roads to which this Act applies

(1) This Act applies to public roads in the United Kingdom.

Subject to subsection (2), it applies to all such roads.

(2) The Secretary of State may by order provide-

(a) that this Act does not apply to specified roads, or roads of a specified description, or

(b) that this Act applies only to specified roads, or roads of a specified description.

(3) An order under subsection (2) may not be made unless a draft of the statutory instrument containing it has been laid before the House of Commons and approved by a resolution of that House.

(4) In this section "public road"-

(a) in England and Wales and Northern Ireland, means a road that is repairable at public expense;

(b) in Scotland, has the same meaning as in the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 (see section 151 of that Act).

S-4 Liability for levy

4 Liability for levy

(1) In the case of a UK heavy goods vehicle-

(a) each person in whose name the vehicle is registered under the 1994 Act is liable for any HGV road user levy in respect of the vehicle, and

(b) any person (not within paragraph (a)) by whom the vehicle is kept is also liable.

(2) In the case of a non-UK heavy goods vehicle-

(a) each person who is the holder of a Community licence in respect of the vehicle is liable for any HGV road user levy in respect of it, and

(b) any person (not within paragraph (a)) by whom the vehicle is kept is also liable.

(3) Where two or more persons are liable for levy in respect of the same vehicle at the same time, their liability is joint and several.

(4) Where a vehicle is stolen from a person liable for levy in respect of it-

(a) the person is exempt from liability after the day of the theft, but

(b) if the person recovers the vehicle, the exemption ceases at the start of the day of the recovery.

(5) Where the person who is liable for levy in respect of a vehicle by reason of subsection (1)(a) sells or disposes of it, the vehicle is treated for the purposes of this section as ceasing to be registered in the person's name at the end of the day of the sale or disposal.

(6) Where the person who is liable for levy in respect of a vehicle by reason of subsection (2)(a) sells or disposes of it, the person is treated for the purposes of this section as ceasing to be the holder of a Community licence in respect of the vehicle at the end of the day of the sale or disposal.

(7) Subsections (4) to (6) do not affect liability for any levy-

(a) paid on or before the day of the theft, sale or disposal, or

(b) due to be paid under section 5 for a period beginning on or before that day.

(8) In this section "Community licence" means a licence issued under Regulation (ec) no. 1072/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council dated 21 October 2009 on common rules for access to the international road haulage market.

Payment, rebates, exemptions and reductions

Payment, rebates, exemptions and reductions

S-5 Payment of levy for UK heavy goods vehicles

5 Payment of levy for UK heavy goods vehicles

(1) This section applies to a UK heavy goods vehicle.

(2) HGV road user levy must be paid for all periods for which the vehicle is charged to vehicle excise duty.

(3) Where vehicle excise duty is paid for a year, the levy must be paid for the same year.

(4) Where vehicle excise duty is paid for 6 months, the levy must be paid for the same 6 months.

(5) Levy for a year is charged at the appropriate rate shown in the column headed "Yearly rate" in Table 1 in Schedule 1.

(6) Levy for 6 months is charged at the appropriate rate shown in the column headed "Half-yearly rate" in that Table.

(7) The appropriate rate depends on what Band the vehicle is in, and this is given by paragraphs 2 to 4 of that Schedule and Tables 2 to 5.

S-6 Payment of levy for non-UK heavy goods vehicles

6 Payment of levy for non-UK heavy goods vehicles

(1) This section applies to a non-UK heavy goods vehicle.

(2) HGV road user levy must be paid in respect of each day on which the vehicle is used or kept on a road to which this Act applies.

(3) It may be paid for a period of one year, or any shorter period, chosen by the person paying the levy.

(4) Levy for a year is charged at the appropriate rate shown in the column headed "Yearly rate" in Table 1 in Schedule 1.

(5) Levy for-

(a) a period of 6 months, or

(b) 6 months out of a longer period,

is charged at the appropriate rate shown in the column headed "Half-yearly rate" in that Table.

(6) Levy for-

(a) one or more whole months (fewer than 6), or

(b) so much of a period (not taken into account under subsection (5)) as comprises one or more whole months,

is charged at the appropriate rate shown in the column headed "Monthly rate" in that Table.

(7) Levy for-

(a) a period (less than a month) of one or more whole weeks, or

(b) so much of a period (not taken into account under subsection (5) or (6)) as comprises one or more whole weeks,

is charged at the appropriate rate shown in the column headed "Weekly rate" in that Table.

(8) Levy for-

(a) a period (less than a week) of one or more days, or

(b) so much of a period as is not taken into account under subsection (5), (6) or (7),

is charged at the appropriate rate shown in the column headed "Daily rate" in that Table.

(9) The appropriate rate depends on what Band the vehicle is in, and this is given by paragraphs 2 to 4 of that Schedule and Tables 2 to 5.

S-7 Rebate of levy

7 Rebate of levy

(1) Where-

(a) HGV road user levy has been paid in respect of a vehicle for a period of more than one month ("the levy period"), and

(b) a rebate entitlement arises more than one month before the end of the levy period,

the person who paid the levy is entitled to the appropriate rebate of levy on making an application to the Secretary of State.

(2) A rebate entitlement arises in the following cases-

(a) the vehicle is stolen;

(b) the vehicle is destroyed and the person who paid the levy notifies the Secretary of State of that fact;

(c) the person who paid the levy notifies the Secretary of State that the vehicle is not intended to be used or kept on a road to which this Act applies at any time during the rest of the levy period;

(d) the vehicle has been sold or disposed of and the person who paid the levy provides the Secretary of State with prescribed information, in the prescribed manner, in relation to the sale or disposal.

(3) The appropriate rebate where the levy was paid for a whole year is-

A*(10-B)

where-

A is one-tenth of the amount paid;

B is the number of months in the period beginning with the start of the levy period and ending with the date of the application, rounded up (if not...

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