Heavy goods vehicles

Produced by Tolley in association with Philip Rutherford
Heavy goods vehicles

The following Employment Tax guidance note Produced by Tolley in association with Philip Rutherford provides comprehensive and up to date tax information covering:

  • Heavy goods vehicles
  • Introduction
  • What is an HGV?
  • Exemption from tax
  • Reporting the benefit


Heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) are a very uncommon benefit. Unless a very specific set of circumstances arise, then the provision of an HGV to members of staff will not give rise to a taxable benefit.

What is an HGV?

The legislation defines an HGV as a mechanically propelled road vehicle which is primarily designed for the carriage of goods or burden of any kind designed to have a laden weight in excess of 3,500 kilograms. Notably, a passenger bus is not an HGV (because humans are not classified as a burden of any kind), and so a passenger bus is outside the scope of the exemption described below.

Exemption from tax

Where an HGV is provided to an employee or member of his family, no taxable benefit arises as long as two conditions are met:

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