Recovery Vehicles

This chapter covers the definition, excise duty, licensing requirements and use of a vehicle constructed or permanently adapted for the primary purpose of lifting, towing and transporting a disabled vehicle.

Updates for 2024:

  • HGV levy rates.

Download the recovery vehicles chapter of the Yearbook of Road Transport Law


  • Definition.
  • Operator licensing.
  • Drivers' hours and tachographs.
  • Driver licensing.
  • Construction and use.
  • Locomotives
  • Testing and plating.
  • Excise duty.
  • HGV Levy Rates.