Remaining stages of the HGV Road User Levy Bill

29 January 2013

The report stage and third reading of the HGV Road User Levy Bill took place in the House of Commons on Tuesday 29 January 2013.

The Bill has now completed all of its Commons stages and will be introduced into the House of Lords for consideration.

Summary of the HGV Road User Levy Bill

This Bill would provide for the introduction of an 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 (VED) bands.

UK hauliers would receive an offset in their 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.

The levy is expected to raise in the region of £80 million in total between 2013/14 and 2017/18. All monies raised would go into the Consolidated Fund.

Progress of the Bill

The HGV Road User Levy Bill was presented to Parliament on 21 October 2012 and had its second reading on 20 November 2012.

The Bill completed its Committee stage on 11 December 1012.

Once the Bill has passed all its Commons stages it will be introduced into the House of Lords for consideration.

Keep up to date with all the proceedings and documentation, including amendment papers, on the HGV Road User Levy Bill 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 papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial.

What are report stage and third reading of a bill?

The report stage gives MPs an opportunity, on the floor of the House, to consider any further amendments (proposals for change) to a Bill which has been examined in a public bill committee or on the floor of the House. There is no set time period between the end of committee stage and the start of the report stage.

What happens at report stage?

All MPs may speak and vote, for lengthy or complex Bills the debates may be spread over several days. All MPs can suggest amendments to the Bill or new clauses (parts) they think should be added.

What happens after report stage?

Report stage is usually followed immediately by debate on the Bill's third reading.

What happens at third reading?

Debate on the Bill is usually short, and limited to what is actually in the Bill, rather than, as at second reading, what might have been included.

Amendments (proposals for change) cannot be made to a Bill at third reading in the Commons. At the end of the debate, the House decides (votes on) whether to approve the third reading of the Bill.

What happens after third reading?

If the Bill started in the Commons it goes to the House of Lords for its first reading.

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