Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) on Britain’s roads are not paying anywhere near the full cost of the damage they cause to roads and communities, leaving taxpayers to pick up the bill, research published today by Campaign for Better Transport shows .
Campaign for Better Transport is calling on the Government to stop giving lorries a free ride. The group’s executive director, Stephen Joseph, says:
“This research shows that lorries are paying for only between a third and two-thirds of the damage they inflict on society in terms of congestion, road damage, environmental pollution and impact on other road users, leaving taxpayers to pick up the rest of the bill. The Government must ensure that HGVs pay for the costs they impose on society and introduce lorry road user charging.”
The research used Government parameters for calculating income (using the Government’s Sensitive Lorry Miles method, and including fuel duty and vehicle excise duty) and used the cost figures from several studies into the environmental and social costs of HGVs, which include congestion, road casualties, noise, pollution and visual intrusion. The report notes, however, that some lorry impacts such as damage to underground gas and water mains are excluded from these costs.
The research shows that:
Notes to editors
The research, Heavy Lorries: do they pay for the damage they cause? was produced by MTRU and peer-reviewed by Dr Tony Whiteing, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds. The research is being published by Campaign for Better Transport.
Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a charity (1101929) and a company limited by guarantee (4943428)