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New Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) Changes

The way vehicle tax is calculated will change for vehicles that are first registered with DVLA from 1 April 2017.  It is the first in a series of measures the government will be taking over the next few years to encourage the take up of electric or ultra-low emission cars.

Vehicles registered before 1 April 2017 are not affected.

How is VED changing?

For new vehicles registered on or after 1 April 2017 with a list price of under £40,000, first year vehicle licence rates will be based on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of the vehicle. These rates will be changed on 1 April 2017 with revised CO2 ranges.

For subsequent years, and also if the registered keeper changes, a flat Standard Rate (SR) of £140 will apply unless the vehicle has zero emission, in which case the rate will be £0. Electric tax class cars will pay a nil rate of tax (unless the original list price of the vehicle exceeds £40,000), whereas hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles registered after 1 April 2017 will receive a £10 reduction on the cost of their tax. The standard rate for hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles will therefore be £130.

Vehicles over £40,000

For vehicles with a list price over £40,000 at first registration, there will be a supplement of £310 per year in addition to the standard £140 VED cost, a given total cost of £450. This will be in effect for the first five years of the car’s life. After five years of the surcharged rate (£140+£310), the vehicle tax will revert back to the standard rate of £140 a year. The additional charge will also be applicable if the keeper is changed within the first five years.

Please see below the new vehicle tax rates for Petrol and Diesel vehicles:

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