New French eco-tax on horizon

A new eco-tax comes into force in France next summer, which will have significant impact on HGVs passing through the country.

This Environmental Truck Tax commences as trial on 20th June in the Alsace region and will apply from 20 July onwards to the rest of France.

The Ecotaxe applies to vehicles over 3,5 tonnes, which represents between 200,000 and 250,000 non-French vehicles, and will be charged on approximately 15,000 kms of national roads, motorways and national roads.

Prior to June, companies regularly transporting through and within France will need to undertake multiple steps to maintain efficient and profitable business operations, from ensuring their vehicles using Ecotaxe roads are equipped with a certified satellite based On Board Unit to considering renegotiating transportation contracts to pass the costs of the Ecotaxe on to their clients.

 

 

 

Left to right: Pauline Wilson, finance director and Stan’s daughter; Nigel Brown, who will drive the truck; Florence Robinson, Stan’s wife; and sons Ian and Mark, directors.

Stan Robinson commemorated on DAF XF 105 truck

The life of well-known Staffordshire haulier Stan Robinson, whose sudden death in April shocked the industry, is being commemorated by a specially painted truck that has just gone onto the road. His son Mark described the new top-of-the-range DAF XF105 with its special paint finish by leading airbrush artist Andy Scott of Barnsley, as “a fitting tribute to my father who devoted his life to building the family business and to the transport industry. Continue reading