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Changes to the Vehicle Excise Duty (VED)Back

DvlaIn the 2015 Budget Statement it was announced that from 1 April 2017 the Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) will be reformed. The new tax will only affect brand new cars registered on or after 1 April 2017, while tax rates for all vehicles registered before this date will not be affected.

For new vehicles registered on or after 1 April 2017, first year vehicle licence rates will be based on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of the vehicle. 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 this case the rate will be £0.

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 total cost of £450.  This will be in effect for the first 5 years of the car’s life.  After 5 years of the surcharged rate (£140+£310), the vehicle tax will revert back to the standard rate of £140 a year. However, alternative fuel vehicles will continue to receive a £10 reduction on vehicle tax rates. Please note that Any additional charge will also be applicable if the keeper is changed within the first five years.

Since last November the NFDA and car manufactures have worked with the DVLA to ensure the changes are introduced in a timely way, to minimise the effects on customers and dealers.

List price

The list price of the vehicle is defined as the manufacturer’s recommended retail price prior to any dealer discounts.  Any factory-fit options, such as metallic paint and alloy wheels will also be added to the recommended retail price to get the list price for VED.  This would allow manufacturers to build this price into the AFRL system for registrations and this calculation system seems to be accepted by the DVLA and HMRC. This price will be based on the list price for the car published in the 24 hours prior to the registration.

Dealers/manufacturers who allow ‘price protection’ for their customers to order at today’s price, for cars that could take several months to supply, cannot price protect the VED rate that will be paid on the date of registration.

Current VED rates are cheaper to most customers, who therefore will be likely to have their vehicles registered before 1 April 2017. It is important that sales executives explain new rates to customers and do not promise deliveries prior to April as supply delays might occur. A customer who is promised a March delivery, but does not receive the vehicle until April, could ask for compensation or cancel the deal.

Advanced Registrations

In case of advanced registrations, the list price can be recorded as the list price on the day before the advanced registration is submitted to DVLA.

e.g. if an advanced registration is submitted on the 15th of the month, then the list price will be the price on the 14th of the month (i.e. the day before the advanced registration is submitted to DVLA).  The vehicle tax would start from the 1st of the following month.


Refunds of First Year Licence (FYL):

Cars under £40,000:

  • With CO2 emissions of 100g or below: refund based on the FYL actually paid.
  • With CO2 emissions above 101g: refund based on the £140 rate.

Cars above £40,000

  • With CO2 emissions of 150g or below: refund based on the FYL actually paid.
  • With CO2 emissions above 150g: refund based on the £450 rate.

Vehicle tax refunds

You’ll receive a refund of vehicle tax from the date the DVLA receives notification that your vehicle has been:


You can use online services to tell DVLA and be refunded for any full months of remaining tax.


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Posted by Sue Robinson on 17/06/2016