Recently the government announced that soon the toll from the two Severn Bridges on the M4 and M48 will be completely removed. This news was welcomed by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) who advised the government to also confirm the date by which the tolls will be eliminated. The FTA stated that these annual toll increases were a burden on the users and their removal will bring about a fundamental improvement in the economies of South Wales and the South West of England.
It has been confirmed recently that the government is reflecting on ‘Pay-per-Mile’ scheme for Lorries. In a recent statement made by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, it was said that the existing HGV tax, which covers the cost of deterioration of the road networks is being discussed. Several objected to this new scheme by pointing that the present system excludes foreign drivers using UK’s roads during their visit, from contributing towards the maintenance of the roads. According to the Road Haulage Association (RHA) taking maintenance expenditure from Lorries alone was an unjust step. A better solution needs to be found for this issue.