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Urgent Attention for Sales Managers & Sales Admin – DVLA Tax ChangesBack

DvlaFrom 1 April 2017, Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) is changing. 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, according to different CO2 ranges compared to current ones. 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. As these changes are based on the list price of the vehicle when it is first registered, there will be changes to the current first registration processes to capture the list price or notional price of the vehicle.

List price

The list price is the individual retail price published by the manufacturer, importer or distributor for the vehicle if sold in the UK prior to any dealer discounts. The list price must be provided as it stands on the day before the date on which the vehicle will be licensed and registered. Manufacturers who allow ‘price protection’ for their customers, cannot price protect the VED rate. Where a vehicle does not have a UK list price the notional price[i] must be provided.

What ‘list price’ or ‘notional price’ includes

The list price or notional price includes the price of any non-standard option fitted by the manufacturer before delivery to the dealer/retailer. The list price also includes any delivery charges for the vehicle, including any pre-delivery inspection costs (PDI) and VAT.

What ‘list price’ or ‘notional price’ does not include

Any non-standard options fitted by the dealer/retailer are not included in the list price. Also any incentive options such as track days, servicing or warranties.

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 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. Any additional charge will also be applicable if the keeper is changed within the first five years.

This (VED) tax change has been driven by the HMRC in order to generate additional taxes as many customers have acquired lower C02 cars over the last 10 years, thereby reducing tax revenues to the Government. Now all cars except Zero Co2 emissions vehicles and fully electric vehicles will pay a minimum rate of £140 per year.

Advance Registrations

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

e.g. If an advanced registration is submitted on the 20th of the month, then the list price/notional price will be the price on the 19th of the month (i.e. the day before the advanced registration is submitted to DVLA). The vehicle license would start from the 1st of the following month.

How does this affect your dealership

Current VED rates are cheaper for most customers and therefore there will be an incentive for them to register new cars before 1 April 2017. It is important that sales executives explain new rates to customers and do not promise deliveries prior to April if this deadline cannot be met perhaps because of supply delays. A customer who is promised a March delivery, but does not receive the vehicle until April, could ask for compensation for the additional VED which is to be paid over the next three to six years or cancel the order

Please find more information here:

[i] This is what you would reasonably expect the list price to be for a vehicle of this kind. For example, an imported vehicle may not have a UK list price, perhaps because it is left hand drive, or because

it is a model not introduced into the UK market. It is the price which might reasonably have been

expected to be the list price if its manufacturer, importer or distributor had published a price as the

inclusive price appropriate for a sale of a vehicle of the same kind sold in the U.K.


Posted by Sue Robinson on 30/09/2016