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Posted Tue, 30 Jan 2024 16:14:36 GMT by QQask
If a company pays a lorry driver, who is an employee, an industry scale rate payment of £26.20 for overnight stays, can they also provide tax-free benchmark scale rate payments for other days based on journey time, ranging from £5 for 5 hours to £25 for 15 hours (and ongoing at 8 pm)? Additionally, is it permissible for the company to pay benchmark scale rate payments in addition to the industry scale rate payment?
Posted Fri, 02 Feb 2024 16:17:17 GMT by HMRC Admin 25
Hi QQask,
No, you cannot pay Benchmark rates in addition to the industryscale rate for lorry drivers.
The agreed rates for Lorry rivers £34.90 or £26.20 if they use a sleeper cab are the maximum amounts that can be paid free of tax and National Insurace under the agreed industry scale rate.  
Thank you. 

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