Vehicle Tax Reform

"Vehicle tax (VED) is changing. 


The way Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) is calculated is changing for some vehicles registered from
1 April 2017. All vehicles registered before this date will not be affected.


The changes, announced by the Chancellor in the 2015 budget, set out that from next year, the first vehicle licence will be calculated on the vehicle’s CO2 emissions.


The majority of vehicles will then move to a standard rate of £140 annually from the second licence.

Cars with zero emissions will not pay the standard rate of vehicle tax. However, if a car’s list price is over £40,000 at rst registration, the customer will pay the additional rate for five years after the end of the first licence.


How it will work:


Tax rates for vehicles registered before 1st April 2017 will not be affected by this change.

Only M1, M1SP and M1G type approved vehicles are impacted by these changes (for de nitions
of vehicles included in these changes see
table 1 below).


The way in which tax is calculated for all other vehicle types will not be changing.

All vehicles (M1, M1SP and M1G) with zero emissions will be exempt from the standard rate of vehicle tax. All other vehicles will pay a standard rate of £140 a year.


An additional rate will be added to the vehicle
tax for all new vehicles with a list price of over £40,000. This additional rate of £310 will be payable each year for 5 years from the end of the rst vehicle licence. After the 5 year period the standard rate will apply.


Zero emission vehicles will have a standard rate of £0 but if the list price is over £40,000 they will pay the additional rate of £310 a year for 5 years.

Multi stage build M1SP and M1G vehicles without a CO2 emissions gure shown as part of the nal type approval will continue to be taxed as PLG. Where there is a CO2 gure they will be taxed under the new scheme.


What this will mean for you:


New rst licence rates will be introduced from 1 April 2017. (See table 2)

These rates will be based on the CO2 emissions of the vehicle.

The list price of vehicles subject to the scheme must be provided when the vehicle is rst registered.

This list price will be provided by the manufacturer or dealer/retailer and re ect the vehicle list price on the day before it is rst registered and taxed.

For new M1, M1SP and M1G imported/Kit built vehicles, the list price or notional price is provided by the person/importer registering the vehicle.

Notional price will be used where the list is price is not known.

A full de nition of list price and notional price will be issued.


What this will mean for the customer:


• If a customer buys a brand new vehicle registered on or after 1st April 2017, after the rst licence the majority of vehicles move to the standard rate of vehicle tax which is £140 a year.


• If the vehicle list price was over £40,000 at rst registration, the customer will pay £450 a year, after the rst vehicle licence. This is made up of the £140 standard rate and £310 additional rate. After ve years the vehicle tax will revert to the standard rate of £140 per year.


• Vehicles with a list price exceeding £40,000 with zero emissions (including electric) will pay the additional rate of £310 a year for a 5 year period, after the rst licence. After the 5 year period these vehicles will pay zero vehicle tax.


• Alternative fuel vehicles will continue to receive a £10 reduction on vehicle tax rates.


How you will be able to tell your customer what vehicle tax they will pay in the future?


We will issue more detailed communications for these changes and a full information guide that you can give to your customers.

Anyone who wishes to be added to our industry distribution list to receive further communications,
ask any questions about the changes and give us feedback should contact" 

The DVLA Announces A Change To Vehicle Tax:

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