Since 1 April 2014 heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), i.e. vehicles of 12 tonnes or more, have been required to pay HGV road user levy in addition to vehicle excise duty (VED). The two taxes are both administered by the DVLA and are paid at the same time and in the same way.

VED for HGVs

VED is determined using upon a banding system. The banding system categorises vehicles based upon their weight, number of axels, whether they are articulated or rigid and whether they have a trailer. VED rates for HGVs have been frozen since 1 April 2015 (this freeze was continued at Autumn Budget 2021).

For details of the banding system and rates of VED for HGVs, see Key Data ¶21-440ff.

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