The HGV levy is suspended from 1 August 2020 to 31 July 2021 to help the COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts.
Policy and guidance
HGV levy suspension
For UK vehicles, the HGV levy suspension will apply once a vehicle’s current licence has expired and is relicensed on or after 1 August 2020. The benefit of zero levy will apply automatically.
Please note that, in line with regulations, you should only make a SORN (statutory off-road notification) for a vehicle subject to the HGV levy if you do not intend using the vehicle for the rest of the levy period.
The HGV road user levy applies to heavy goods vehicles (HGV) of 12 tonnes or more. The levy aims to make sure these vehicles contribute to reducing the wear and tear of the road network. The levy amount varies according to the vehicle’s:
- axle configuration
- levy duration
Domestic and international hauliers, especially during these unprecedented times, are essential to keeping the country running. They play a key role in supporting the UK’s economic recovery and growth. Which is why from 1 August 2020 to 31 July 2021 the HGV levy is suspended.
UK registered vehicles
Payments for the levy are collected by the DVLA.
UK registered vehicles pay levy costs at the same time and in the same transaction as vehicle excise duty (VED). A levy rate of zero will automatically apply at a vehicle’s normal VED/levy renewal date from 1 August 2020. Vehicles will pay no levy for 12 months.
UK-registered HGV levy contact
Non-UK registered vehicles
From 1 August 2020 to 31 July 2021 the HGV levy is suspended.
Vehicles registered abroad must continue to make levy payments before entering the UK (including Northern Ireland), up to and including 31 July 2020.
The foreign operator payment system is operated by Northgate Public Services on behalf of the Department for Transport.
Non-UK registered HGV levy contact
Email: [email protected]
The levy was introduced by the HGV Road User Levy Act 2013 and began on 1 April 2014.
Since 1 February 2019, less polluting lorries have paid cheaper levies.
The newest lorries generate 80% less nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions than older ones.
So, lorries meeting the latest Euro VI emissions standards are now eligible for a 10% reduction in the cost of the HGV levy. Euro Class V and older vehicles must pay up to 20% more.
Policy and guidance
From: Department for Transport
Published 1 April 2014
Last updated 28 August 2020
Updated to reflect the fact that the levy has been suspended until 31 July 2021.
Updated to reflect changes to the HGV levy from 1 February 2019. Explains that lorries meeting latest Euro VI emissions standards are now eligible for a 10% reduction in the cost of the levy while Euro Class V and older vehicles are now required to pay up to 20% more.
'HGV Levy bands and rates tables' and 'HGV Levy driver and operator supplementary guidance' published with details of Euro class changes from 2 February 2019.
HGV levy tax information and impact note.
Reforming the heavy goods vehicle road user levy consultation.
An update on HGV levy receipts and levels of compliance during its first year of operation