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U.K. Plans to Compensate Domestic Truckers for Road-Usage Levy

Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Britain’s government will compensate owners of U.K.-registered trucks who will face a daily charge of as much as 10 pounds ($15.6) to use their vehicles by 2015, Transport Minister Mike Penning said.

The U.K. is seeking ways to charge foreign hauliers to use Britain’s roads without hurting U.K. lorry drivers. European Union rules prevent the U.K. from charging only trucks with foreign plates. About 1.5 million trips a year are made by such vehicles.

“We want to ensure that U.K. hauliers get a fairer deal and help maintain the competitiveness of our logistics industry,” Penning said in a statement released by his office in London today.

To contact the reporter on this story: Gonzalo Vina in London at gvina@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net

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