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UK Road Tax Payment Bands Explained

 

UK Road Tax Explained

If you’ve never had UK road tax explained to you, the rules can seem a bit weird. After all, every car uses the same roads – and yet there are different payments depending on the tax band your vehicle is in, or the amount of time you tax it for.

Historically, road tax was calculated according to the engine size of your vehicle. The bigger the engine, the more tax you paid. Modern road tax, however, is calculated not according to the engine size alone but by the quantity of CO2 emissions that engine puts out. Most larger engines put out more CO2 than smaller ones, so it’s a safe bet that your road tax will be more expensive if you have a more powerful vehicle – but if your engine has better CO2 management, then the tax band may be less than it used to be.

As of 2010, there are two separate road tax types – tax for vehicles registered before 2001, and tax for new and used vehicles registered after 2001. The lowest possible annual tax payment for a vehicle registered before 2001 is £125. The lowest possible annual tax payment for a vehicle registered after 2001 is £20 – this would be for a vehicle with extremely low emissions.

Tax may be paid annually, or every six months. You can purchase a tax disc at your local post office, or online.

To qualify for a tax disc, you must have a valid insurance policy for the vehicle, and a current, valid UK driving licence. The vehicle you are taxing must also have a current, valid MOT. It is an offence to drive a vehicle without tax, or even to leave an untaxed vehicle parked on a UK road. If your vehicle has no tax, it must officially be declared SORN (Statutory Off Road Notice), and may only be stored on private land (such as a driveway), away from the surface of a road.

UK Road Tax Rates For New Cars

Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) Band CO2 Emissions
(g/km)
2010 First-Year Rate 2010 1st Year Alternative Fuel Rate
A Up to 100 £0 £0
B 101 - 110 £0 £0
C 111 -120 £0 £0
D 121 -130 £0 £0
E 131-140 £110 £100
F 141-150 £125 £115
G 151 -165 £155 £145
H 166 -175 £250 £240
I 176 - 185 £300 £290
J 186 - 200 £425 £415
K 201- 225 £550 £540
L 226 - 255 £750 £740
M Over 255 £950 £940

UK Road Tax Rates For Non-New Cars

VED Band CO2 Emissions (g/km) 2010-11 Standard Rate
A Up to 100 £0
B 101 - 110 £20
C 111 -120 £30
D 121 -130 £90
E 131-140 £110
F 141-150 £125
G 151 -165 £155
H 166 -175 £180
I 176 - 185 £200
J 186 - 200 £235
K 201- 225 £245
L 226 - 255 £425
M Over 255 £435

Cars Registered Before 1 March 2001

Engine Size (cc) 2010-11
below 1549cc £125
Over 1549cc £205

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