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A new road tax on HGV drivers is one step closer to becoming a reality thanks to the granting of an operational contract. Northgate Public Services won the contract to implement the system and collect the tax from foreign drivers who operate in the UK. The new tax is seen by many as a great benefit to the UK haulage industry.

For years, foreign haulage companies have taken advantage of the lower cost of doing business in the UK. It has been suggested these foreign companies have put many UK HGV drivers and their employers out of business. The new tax aims to level the playing field in an attempt to help UK companies be more competitive.

The tax is scheduled to take effect in April of next year, according to Mancunian Matters. In the meantime, Northgate Public Services is developing an online payment system designed to make it as easy as possible for foreigners to pay the tax. In addition, a database will be developed to keep track of HGV drivers who do not comply with the levy. The database will aid enforcement efforts.

Transport minister Stephen Hammond says the payment system set up by Northgate is critical to making sure that tax is correctly levied and collected. If the company fails to create a reliable and accurate system, the whole thing could be for nothing. That’s not likely to happen, however.

A Competitive Industry

The need for the new road tax just shows what a competitive industry haulage can be. In fact, the haulage sector is such an important part of the European economy that things would likely fall apart if it went under. HGV drivers pick up goods from ports throughout Europe and deliver them to cities and towns across the continent.

The highly competitive nature of the business means that there are plenty of companies looking to do better. It also means a steady supply of available jobs. HGV drivers are needed all across the UK to haul all sorts of cargo. Fortunately, becoming an HGV driver is fairly straightforward.

If you are interested in learning more then we encourage you to contact us at the HGV Training Centre. We are one of the nation’s largest and most trusted training facilities because of our commitment to excellence and our proven track record. We offer fast-paced and intense training for HGVs, coaches and buses, construction equipment, and more.

To get started, all you need is the desire and a full car license. We will help you with your medical paperwork, preparing you for your theory test, and providing the practical skills training you’ll need to pass your final road test. Our goal is to get you licensed and into the job market as quickly as possible.

Becoming an HGV driver is a career that offers good pay, long-term stability, and the ability to work in an environment that is both challenging and exciting. If you are ready to get started, we are ready to help you.

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