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Rossendale MP welcomes HGV bill
1:26pm Monday 11th March 2013 in News
A NEW law to make foreign heavy goods vehicles pay to use British roads has been welcomed by a Tory MP.
Jake Berry, who represents Rossendale and Darwen, said the HGV Road User Levy Bill, which received Royal Assent and was passed into law last month, delivered fairness for British hauliers.
Mr Berry said: “In Rossendale and Darwen we see foreign lorries on our roads all the time, but they haven’t had to pay anything to use our roads.
“But when British lorries drive abroad, they face charges and tolls. It just isn’t fair.
“This Government is righting that wrong, and, from now on, Britain will benefit from the foreign lorries on our roads.”
Roads minister Stephen Hammond said: “This new act will help the UK logistics industry remain competitive by making sure that operators from abroad are paying towards the cost of building and maintaining the UK’s roads, as well as creating a level playing field for domestic operators.”