28 Mar '18, 8am

Flawed report uses out-of-date figures to falsely claim HGVs pay for the damage they cause

RepGraph Heavy Goods Vehicles: Do they pay their way? - impacts on road surfaces , is available from the FTA website . So, rather than paying three times their costs as claimed in the RepGraph report, with the corrected damage figure of £3 billion, HGVs are in fact only paying 11 per cent (£340 million ) through Vehicle excise duty (VED) and the Road User Levy. This is calculated by adding £50 million from foreign vehicles paying the Road User Levy to the VED total for 2016. The RepGraph report conflates two different and recognised costing methods. The first is the marginal external cost, which includes additional congestion and road maintenance as costs, but assumes the road network has been built and does not include an allowance for this. This approach seeks to match the marginal cost per mile of the external impacts of HGVs to the perceived cost per mile of using a pa...

Full article: https://www.bettertransport.org.uk/media/20-march-2018-FT...

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