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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