As of 1st April 2019 there was a general increase in vehicle Tax prices (VED) for both new and used cars. The rise will affect all cars other than certain fully electric vehicles.
For used vehicles registered before April 1st 2017 the price depends mainly on the CO2 emissions, with slight variations for fuel types. Used cars registered after this date are charged according to the fuel type. For new cars, the first year Tax cost also depends largely on CO2 emissions, and has risen slightly as of April 1st 2019. Also affected more are diesels with higher Nitrogen Oxide gases which don't conform to the new Real Driving Emissions (RDE2) standards.
The price increase is in line with RPI, but also still offers an incentive towards driving less polluting vehicles, especially alternatively fueled vehicles such as hydrogen and electric.
VED bands and tax rates for new cars registered on or after 1st April 2019:
|Petrol and Diesel Cars which don't meet the RDE2 standard||All Other Diesel Cars||Alternatively fueled vehicles|
VED bands and tax rates for used cars registered on or after 1st April 2017*:
|Fuel Type||Petrol and Diesel Cars which don't meet the RDE2 standard|
|Petrol or Diesel||£145|
VED bands and rates for used cars registered on or after 1st March 2001 but before 1st April 2017:
|Standard Rate (2017-2018)||Standard Rate (2018 - 2019)|
*Cars with a list price of over £40,000 when new pay an additional £320 per year on top of the standard rate, for the first five years before returning to the rates listed above.