​Did you know that the cost of taxing a new vehicle will change from April 1st 2017?​

New tax rules are coming into effect on 1st April, this mean the cost of vehicle taxation will rise versus today’s rates, particularly for lower emission cars which have enjoyed road tax at low or nil amounts each year. In addition, the standard tax rate in subsequent years will then be £140 per annum, with additional supplements for vehicles over £40,000.

If you already own a car or commercial vehicle, the new tax changes won’t affect you as you will continue to pay the same rate. However, if you're thinking of buying a new vehicle, the new charges may impact you and it might be advantageous to consider buying now.

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Vehicles registered on or after 1 April 2017

For all vehicles first registered on or after 1 April 2017, the amount you pay for the first 12 months is based on CO2 emissions.

CO2 emissions (g/km)Petrol and diesel carsAlternative fuel cars*
0 £0 £0
1 – 50 £10 £0
51 – 75 £25 £15
76 – 90 £100 £90
91 – 100 £120 £110
101 – 110 £140 £130
111 – 130 £160 £150
131 – 150 £200 £190
151 – 170 £500 £490
171 – 190 £800 £790
191 – 225 £1,200 £1,190
226 – 255 £1,700 £1,690
Over 255 £2,000 £1,990

The standard annual rate you pay each year after that depends on the type of fuel the vehicle uses.

Electric VehiclePetrol and dieselAlternative Fuel*
£0 £140 £130

*Alternative fuel vehicles include hybrids, bi-ethanol and liquid petroleum gas.

Additional Rate for new vehicles that cost more than £40,000

The first time you tax a vehicle on or after 1 April 2017 with a list price (the published price before any discounts) of more than £40,000 you will pay the rate based on CO2 emissions.

After the first 12 months, you will pay the standard annual rate based on the fuel the vehicle uses and an additional rate of £310 a year for the next 5 years.

Fuel TypeStandard annual rateAdditional rateTotal annual payment
Electric £0 £310 £310
Alternative £130 £310 £440
Petrol or diesel £140 £310 £450


After 5 years you will pay the standard annual rate depending on what fuel your vehicle uses.

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