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Road charge proposal for foreign lorries

16 September 2012 Last updated at 10:29 BST

Foreign trucks driving on British roads could be charged up to £1,000 a year under government proposals designed to help domestic hauliers.

At present British lorry drivers have to pay various charges and tolls for using the roads in Europe but foreign drivers do not pay when they come to the UK.

British-based haulage companies will also have to pay the fee, but it will be offset by an equivalent reduction in their vehicle excise duty.

Theo Leggett reports.