Second reading of HGV Road User Levy Bill - now have your say

20 November 2012

Secretary of State for Transport, Mr Patrick McLoughlin, introduced the second reading of the HGV Road User Levy Bill in the House of Commons on Tuesday 20 November 2012.

The Bill passed without a division and will now be considered by a Public Bill Committee.

Have your say on the HGV Road User Levy Bill

The Bill has now been sent to a Public Bill Committee for scrutiny and there is a call for written evidence.

Do you have relevant expertise and experience or a special interest in the Government’s HGV Road User Levy Bill?

If so, you can submit your views in writing to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee which is going to consider this Bill.

Guidance for submitting written evidence

Deadline for submissions

The Public Bill Committee is now able to receive written evidence. The sooner you send in your submission, the more time the Committee will have to take it into consideration. The Committee is expected to meet for the first time on Tuesday 4 December; it will stop receiving written evidence at the end of the Committee stage on Thursday 13 December 2012. 

About the HGV Road User Levy Bill

The Bill would provide for the introduction of a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) road user levy from April 2014. The levy would apply to both foreign and UK registered hauliers with vehicles weighing more than 12 tonnes.

The maximum daily charge would be the equivalent of €11 (subject to change) and would be set in accordance with Vehicle Excise Duty bands. UK hauliers would receive an offset in their vehicle excise duty (VED) so that they would be, by and large, no better or worse off from the implementation of the levy.

It would be an offence not to pay the levy, for which the maximum fine would be £5,000.

Following the Bill

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation on the HGV Road User Levy Bill 2012-13 and find out how a Bill becomes an Act of Parliament.

House of Commons Library analysis

The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs of key issues. The Library has published a briefing paper for second reading.

Second reading

Second reading is the first opportunity for MPs to debate the main principles of the Bill. It usually takes place no sooner than two weekends after first reading.

What happens at second reading?

The Government minister, spokesperson or MP responsible for the Bill opens the second reading debate. The official Opposition spokesperson responds with their views on the Bill.

The debate continues with other Opposition parties and backbench MPs giving their opinions. At the end of the debate, the Commons decides whether the Bill should be given its second reading by voting, meaning it can proceed to the next stage.

What happens after second reading?

The Bill will be considered in a Public Bill Committee. Each clause (part) and any amendments (proposals for change) to the Bill may be debated.

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