Clydesdale MP fears indy cost to hauliers

HGV's passing through Carstairs Village'15/9/09'Picture by Lindsay Addison
HGV's passing through Carstairs Village'15/9/09'Picture by Lindsay Addison

Hauliers would face charges of up to £1000 more per year to transport goods if Scotland votes to leave the United Kingdom.s

So said David Mundell, MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, who claimed a government report warned of the potential higher costs for motorists.

The report highlighted the impact of next year’s legislation which will see ‘foreign’ hauliers charged for wear and tear on the UK’s roads network. UK companies will have the bill offset so nine out of 10 HGVs will cost no more to run.

But HGVs from other countries will have to pay the UK treasury up to £10 a day, up to a maximum of £1000 per year.

Mr Mundell warned that this charge would place a substantial extra burden on Scottish businesses that rely on moving their goods south of the Border, not to mention the extra paperwork involved.

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