A review of the HGV Road User Levy is in the pipeline, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond announced in yesterday’s budget.

It said a call for evidence on the existing system would be made this spring, and that the government would “work with the industry to update the levy so that it allows them to plan their routes more efficiently”.

The document added that government would be looking to incentivise the revised scheme so that operators use the roads efficiently, and improve air quality.

Last year the DfT came under scrutiny on the subject of the road user levy, when the RHA said it was to be swapped for a distance-based road usage charge.

In October 2016, the association said DfT divisional manager for freight Duncan Price, had confirmed the change would take place, though it was in its early stages.

DfT denied that such a review was taking place.