The rules regarding Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) - otherwise known as road tax - are changing from the beginning of April. The new rules will apply to any brand new car registered on or after 1st April 2017. Cars registered before this date will continue to use the previous tax rates.
The changes are designed to raise additional revenue for the Exchequer from the popular, eco-friendly cars that are currently exempt. Consequently, buyers of these cars will see the biggest changes.
Once the changes come into effect, new cars will be liable for a one-off road tax charge in the first year, and a flat-rate charge of £140 in every subsequent year. The cost of the one-off charge depends on the CO 2 tailpipe emissions, and can range from £10 to £2,000.
The only cars that will be exempt are those with absolute zero CO 2 emissions: essentially, electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. These include the Renault ZOE and Nissan LEAF.
In addition, any car with a list price of £40,000 or more - even zero-emissions vehicles - will be subject to an additional £310 ‘Premium’ supplement every year until it’s five years old. If you buy a cheaper model and load it up with factory-fitted options that push it over £40,000, you’ll also be charged the supplement. Dealer discounts will not be taken into account.
VED car tax bands from 1st April 2017
Emissions (g/km of CO2)
Each subsequent year
If registered before 1st April, these low-emitting vehicles are exempt from road tax for the lifetime of the car. If you are thinking of buying one of these vehicles, order now to potentially save hundreds of pounds over the lifetime of your ownership.
Other popular models stocked at Toomey Basildon will also be affected. Any vehicle that emits just over 100g/km - such as the Nissan Juke dCi - are currently exempt from road tax in year one and pay just £20 a year thereafter. Under new rules, it will cost £140 annually.
Furthermore, those emitting more than 151g/km - such as some petrol versions of the Vauxhall Mokka X - will cost £500 to tax in the first year (compared to £185 today), although the subsequent annual cost will then drop from £185 to £140.
If you want to enjoy the lower road tax rates that apply to today’s cars, buy and register your new car before 1st April 2017. Our friendly and helpful team can guide you through all of the models that qualify for low tax rates and are in stock to purchase today.