How Much Is Road Tax For My Car In UK

In the UK, road tax is collected by the government for most motor vehicles used on public roads. Road tax is also known as the Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), car tax, and vehicle tax. To know how much road tax you have to pay for your car, read on further.

Typical Cost Of A Car’s Road Tax

The typical cost of road tax for a car in the UK is £0 to £460.

This price includes the road tax for a vehicle for a complete year.

Factors That Affect The Price Of A Car’s Road Tax

CO2 emissions and type of fuel used. The Department of Transport has based the cost of road tax on the level of CO2 emissions a particular car generates while driving and the type of fuel the vehicle uses. The department has categorized vehicles from Band A to Band M where A is the least polluting and M is the most polluting. This rule implies that the less polluting your car is, the less VED you pay. Check the following tables from Direct.gov.uk for a price list of road tax from Band A to M. Visit the link to find the complete list of road tax prices for all kinds of vehicles.

Standard Rates (Petrol Cars and Diesel Cars)

Band

CO2 Emission (g/km)

Annual Rate

6-Month Rate

A

up to 100

£0 n/a

B

101-110

£20 n/a

C

111-120

£30 n/a

D

121-130

£95 £52.25

E

131-140

£115 £63.25

F

141-150

£130 £71.50

G

151-165

£165 £90.75

H

166-175

£190 £104.50

I

176-185

£210 £115.50

J

186-200

£245 £134.50

K

201-225

£260 £143.00

L

226-255

£445 £224.75

M

Over 255

£460 £253.00

 

Standard Rates (Alternative Fuel Cars)

Band

CO2 Emission (g/km)

Annual Rate

6-Month Rate

A

up to 100

£0 n/a

B

101-110

£10 n/a

C

111-120

£20 n/a

D

121-130

£85 £46.75

E

131-140

£105 £57.75

F

141-150

£120 £66.00

G

151-165

£155 £85.25

H

166-175

£180 £99.00

I

176-185

£200 £110.00

J

186-200

£235 £129.25

K

201-225

£250 £137.50

L

226-255

£435 £239.25

M

Over 255

£450 £247.50

 

Date of registration. The above-mentioned road tax prices apply for all vehicles that are registered from March 1, 2001 onwards. All vehicles registered before that date pays road tax using a different calculation. Their car tax is based only on the engine size. Here is the standard road tax rate for vehicles registered before March 1, 2011 as per Direct.gov.uk:

 

Engine Size (cc) Annual Rate 6-Month Rate
Not over 1549 £130 £71.50
Over 1549 £215 £118.25

 

Additional Costs

When you are taxing for a brand new car, the rate differs than the standard rates. This is usually taken out during the first registration. This table shows first year road tax rates taken from RoadTaxPrices.co.uk.

 

First Year Rates (Petrol Cars and Diesel Cars)

Band

CO2 Emission (g/km)

Annual Rate

6-Month Rate

A

up to 100

£0 n/a

B

101-110

£0 n/a

C

111-120

£0 n/a

D

121-130

£0 n/a

E

131-140

£115 £63.25

F

141-150

£130 £71.50

G

151-165

£165 £90.75

H

166-175

£265 n/a

I

176-185

£315 n/a

J

186-200

£445 n/a

K

201-225

£580 n/a

L

226-255

£790 n/a

M

Over 255

£1,000 n/a

 

First Year Rates (Alternative Fuel Cars)

Band

CO2 Emission (g/km)

Annual Rate

6-Month Rate

A

up to 100

£0 n/a

B

101-110

£0 n/a

C

111-120

£0 n/a

D

121-130

£0 n/a

E

131-140

£105 £57.75

F

141-150

£120 £66.00

G

151-165

£155 £85.25

H

166-175

£255 n/a

I

176-185

£305 n/a

J

186-200

£435 n/a

K

201-225

£570 n/a

L

226-255

£780 n/a

M

Over 255

£990 n/a

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Tips Before You Pay Your Car’s Road Tax

Know which band your car falls under. If you know your car’s emission, you can simply check the table above to see your car’s road tax band. On the other hand, you can use several tools to help you identify the band of your vehicle. RoadTaxPrices.co.uk categorizes all kinds of vehicles under car tax bands A through M. You can also use this website to easily find your vehicle tax band as you can search vehicles by brand and by type here. You can also use Parker’s VED calculator to know how much your road tax will be. You simply have to input your car’s manufacturer and model for a quick search. You may also use this link to help you find how much road tax you have to pay for a vehicle by type.

If you are taxing a vehicle that you purchased in a used state, you can easily determine how much road tax is due to you by going to the DVLA website. You need to supply the vehicle’s number plate or vehicle registration mark and also the vehicle make. The lookup tool will display information that DVLA holds on your car including its VED rate for six and 12 months.

When buying a brand new car, always take into consideration the road tax you have to pay for it year after year. As much as possible, go for vehicles that are less polluting so you can take advantage of cheap or free road tax.

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