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HGV drivers that need to cross one of the two Severn crossings between England and Wales currently pay very expensive tolls for the privilege of doing so. However, in light of the fact that both crossings revert to public ownership in 2018, Newport East MP Jessica Morden is now asking questions about the future of the tolls and how that money will be spent. She has opened a discussion on the subject in the House of Commons.

HGV UK reports that the Freight Transport Association (FTA) stands behind Morden’s public request for ‘more openness’ from the treasury. They agree it is important for ministers to decide, well in advance of 2018, whether the government will continue collecting the tolls currently in place or reduce them. In a perfect world, these would be eliminated altogether. That’s not likely to happen, however.

As a company offering HGV training in Gloucestershire, we are well aware of the amount of lorry traffic using both Severn crossings. It seems reasonable to seriously look at an FTA request to reduce the tolls in 2018 to only the level necessary to properly maintain the crossings. We agree it makes little sense to continue collecting the higher tolls being charged today. In the end, it is a decision the ministers will have to make.

In the meantime, FTA members and other HGV drivers will continue to pay thousands of pounds annually to cross the river Severn between England and Wales. That expense is ultimately passed on to customers through higher prices for goods and services.

HGV Training in Gloucestershire

Toll issues aside, the HGV Training Centre is proud to offer comprehensive commercial driver training in Gloucestershire. Nevertheless, that’s not the only location we operate from. We have more than 45 training facilities scattered throughout the UK, making driver training convenient and easily accessible.

If you are interested in HGV training in Gloucestershire or one of our other locations, getting started is very simple. Just contact us by way of the free phone number on this website. As long as you have a full car licence and can pass a routine medical exam, we can get you started right away. Here is what you will need to do:

Our focused and highly concentrated training approach is geared toward making sure you learn and retain the knowledge and skills you need to pass your tests the first time. Our approach works so well that we can have you looking for work in a matter of weeks rather than months. Moreover, when you are ready to look for work, we offer all of our graduated students full access to our jobs database.

If you are ready to earn your licence as an HGV driver, it’s time for you to call the HGV Training Centre. The road to an exciting new career begins here.

Sources:

HGV UK – http://www.hgvuk.com/03/05/fta-backs-mps-call-for-openness-over-severn-tolls/

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