Friday, January 4, 2019

2019 Vehicle Tax changes

Officially known as VED (Vehicle Excise Duty) or Vehicle Tax as most people still refer to it is set to increase on April 1st 2019. The Chancellor of the Exchequer gave forewarning of these increases in the Budget – stating that the rises were in line with inflation. Quoting from the Budget “1.40 ( Vehicle Excise Duty (VED)rates for cars, vans and motorcycles. As announced at Budget 2018, the government will legislate in Finance Bill 2018-19 to increase VED rates for cars, vans, motorcycles and motorcycle trade licences by the Retail Prices Index with effect from 1 April 2019″

What will you pay

The amount of vehicle excise duty charged is based on your vehicle’s CO2 emissions and fuel type (for cars registered on or after 1 March 2001*) The Bands are different for NEW cars – registered on or after 1st April 2019 – compared to cars registered between 1st March 2001 and March 31st 2019

Note : for cars registered before 1 March 2001 the vehicle tax rates depend on its’ engine size, not CO2 emissions.

Cars Registered March 1st 2001 – March 31st 2019

The CO2 emissions rates are banded from A to M. According the the Government’s Vehicle Licensing statistics (external link) of 2016 the most popular bands are F and G. Those with cars registered before April 1st 2019 in these groups – with CO2 emissions from 141-165 g/km – can expect an increase of £5. Band F will increase from £155 to £160 and Band G will increase from £195 to £200. Those with cars in Bands 1,2 and 3 will be happy to see their rates remain the same.

New Cars – registered on/after 1st April 2019

For new car buyers – registering their vehicle after April 1st 2019 the changes are more considerable. Cars in Bands A to C also remain the same. Vehicles in Bands D to H will increase by just £5 (covering CO2 emissions from 76 to 150 g/km). The remain Bands increase accordingly – Band I by £15, Band J by £25,  Band K by £40, Band L by £55 and Band M by £65

Want to know more

There are plenty of good online resources with further details of these VED increases. One of the most informative is this feature by – including some very useful VED Band Comparison tables 2018/19 versus 2019/20

Check your Vehicle Tax

If after reading this you find yourself wondering if you’re car is taxed then please visit our free online vehicle tax checker. Simply enter your registration number to confirm whether or not your car has valid Vehicle Tax

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Fines for driving without Vehicle Tax 2018

The basic penalty for driving without relevant vehicle tax (road tax as it used to be known) is £80 if imposed by the DVLA. If you make a payment to the DVLA within 28 days it can be halved. HOWEVER – if you fail to pay this initial £80 fine and the case goes to court you could pay up to £1000 or 5 times the vehicle’s road tax fee ! The fines are considerably higher if caught by the POLICE driving / parking on the public highway with an untaxed vehicle.

Summary of Fines

  • £80 if imposed by the DVLA. This can increase to £1000 or 5 times you car’s annual vehicle tax if the case goes to court
  • Up to £1000 if caught by the Police by way of fixed penalty notice. Please refer to our article on Clamping Untaxed Vehicles
  • In a worst case scenario vehicles may be clamped or even impounded. If your car is clamped getting it released early is paramount – otherwise the daily charges rapidly accrue.

What if your Vehicle is Road Tax FREE

This is where a lot of people are falling foul of the law – drivers of NIL-RATED low emission vehicles. Every vehicle that drives on the UK roads (with a few exceptions) needs to be taxed – even those that are Vehicle Tax exempt. obtained some interesting facts under the freedom of information act from the DVLA. More than 34,000 drivers were issued with penalties for failing to “tax” their NIL RATED vehicles. It’s an interesting article and it can be found in full here – Warning – 34,000 fined last year for not taxing vehicles which are FREE to tax. The bottom line is – whether your vehicle is nil-rated or not – you MUST complete a vehicle tax application on the DOV.UK website (or atyour local Post Office)

Check Vehicle Tax status

Easy – use our vehicle tax checker found here or go direct to the GOV.UK website. In the days of Tax Discs it was easy – a quick glance at the Tax Disc on your windscreen and you knew if your Road Tax was in date or not. The phasing out of the tax disc has left a lot of motorists confused. The biggest group of confused drivers are those driving ZERO

Report an Untaxed Vehicle

It is a motoring offence to drive an untaxed vehicle on UK roads unless it is exempt from taxation. If you are aware of an untaxed vehicle being driven (or simply parked) on a UK road then you may report it to the authorities. Report an untaxed vehicle with this anonymous service. The matter will be investigated by the DVLA.

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