Suspension of the UK HGV Road User Levy


*From 1 August 2020 to 31 July 2021

As the UK HGV Road User Levy is to be suspended for one year from 1 August 2020, Eugene Drennan, President of the Irish Road Haulage Association (IRHA) has urged the new Irish Government to show similar leadership to help Irish operators recover from the COVID-19 crisis.

In advance of the new regulations the IRHA has offered some guidance to their members. Basically the change means that during the suspension period road transport operators do not need to purchase a HGV Road User Levy permit to drive on UK roads.

The reason given by the UK Government is to ease the financial burden the road tansport industry has faced during the COVID-19 pandemic by providing a 12-month suspension of the HGV Levy.

Important to note:

  • If already purchased a 12 month or 6 month Levy and there are whole month’s remaining, during the suspension period, apply for a rebate using the standard processes.
  • If made a prepayment on account, a rebate will be arranged after 1 August, 2020.
  • Please note that from now until 31st July 2020, operators still need to buy a Levy as DVSA enforcement will be continuing, so please ensure to have a valid Levy when entering the UK, up until 31st July 2020.

During this 12-month suspension, the UK Government will take the opportunity to review the HGV Levy to ensure that it continues to meet the Government’s current and future objectives.

Any queries on this, please contact: or by phone +44 33 0101 3725.