Foreign truckers set to pay road tolls in UK

Thanks to the HGV road user levy UK hauliers get a fairer deal. Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced as of 1st April, 2014, foreign hauliers will be charged to use UK roads for the first time.

For years UK truck drivers working in Europe have been paying tolls and levies when delivering goods abroad. Whereas foreign trucks operating in the UK have not been required to make a similar payment.

The HGV Road user levy is the introduction of a charge called for by the UK haulage industry and creates a fairer system by removing the perceived inequality UK hauliers have felt.

Patrick McLoughlin said: “The HGV levy will provide a massive boost for the UK haulage industry. It will create a level playing field across Europe, giving UK firms a much better opportunity to win business. This yet another example of how we are taking positive action to back British business and build a stronger, more competitive economy.”

The levy affects all HGV’s of 12 tonnes or more that drive on UK roads, irrespective of country of registration. It consists of a structured series of bands reflecting vehicle type, weight and number of axles. UK operators will pay the levy at the same time as VED in one transaction for administrative ease. To minimise impact on UK hauliers, the government is reducing VED, meaning that more than 9 out of 10 UK vehicles will pay no more than now. Foreign operators must pay the levy before using UK roads.

The levy is just one element of the coalition’s promise of a fairer deal to UK hauliers, other parts include:

Fuel duty on a diesel lower than in October 2012 and no increase in HGV vehicle excise duty
Major road scheme investments of £3.3 billion providing over 500 miles of additional lane capacity.


Intercounty Truck and Van are on the move in Boston

Leading Mercedes-Benz dealer, Intercounty Truck and Van Ltd have purchased a new 3-acre site to relocate from their existing Boston depot. The new depot is located at Sutterton Boston and purchased from Andrew Elvin (pictured below).

The site, situated at the junction of A16/A17 will be known as the Mercedes-Benz Boston/Spalding depot. Construction will commence in the forthcoming months and the depot will be ready for occupation March 2015.

Since forming in 2003, Intercounty Truck and Van has gone from strength to strength. They retail and service the full range of Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles and Fuso Canter.

Their sales and service centres are conveniently located and fully equipped to support all of your vehicle requirements with trained Mercedes-Benz technicians; you have expertise and professionalism at your disposal.

(L, R, Nigel Birkmyre, Director, Ballyvesey Holdings, Andrew Elvin, Steve Hunt, Mercedes franchise Director)


New Group Appointments

The Board of Ballyvesey Holdings Limited is delighted to announce the following appointments:
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[list_item]James Darragh joins the Board of Ballyvesey Holdings today as HR & Compliance Director. James has worked for the Group for many years in numerous roles, more recently focusing on Group HR and compliance matters.
[list_item]Mark Montgomery also joins the Board of Directors. Mark has worked in an operational capacity for a number of Group Companies including Truck and Plant, Montgomery Refrigerated and more recently Montgomery Distribution Limited.[/list_item]
[list_item]Stephen Marshall joins the Group as Director and General Manager of the Montgomery Transport Group. Stephen returns to the fold after a short absence, having previously worked for Montgomery Distribution Limited. Stephen will be working closely with Harold Montgomery over the coming months as he settles into his new role.[/list_item]
[list_item]John Hawksworth will be joining Birds Transport & Logistics from The Widdowson Group at the beginning of April. John will be joining the business as Managing Director. As a Board we would like to thank Robin Davies for his hard work leading the team during the post acquisition transitionary period and we wish him every success in the future.[/list_item]