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2019 Car Tax Bands: New Tax Rises Set for 1st April

With the multiple different systems in place to tax vehicles, the current way to charge motorists for road use is becoming increasingly complex and confusing.

Car tax is on the up as of 1st April this year, but the increases aren’t as scary as some of the press have made out. In fact, they’re barely noticeable, especially if added on to the cost of a new car.

As was announced in the autumn 2017 budget the price charged for VED has become linked to inflation, that means for the majority of drivers the annual cost in car tax will creep up by just £5.

All cars, petrol or diesel that were registered before 1st April 2017 will still be charged at a flat rate of £145 a year, hybrids are £135, and electric cars are still free.

Petrol cars emitting 76 – 150 g/km of CO2 will see a £5 increase on the first year tax rate, as will diesels that produce form 51 – 130 g/km. The prices then go up from there, with the most polluting cars that pump out 171 to over 255 seeing an increase of between £40 to £65.

In the second year and after that the standard rate of tax will be charged at £145, up £5 from last year, this includes alternatively fuelled cars at £135 – the same as vehicles registered before 1st April 2017.

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Just remember that cars costing over £40,000 still have to pay the additional ‘premium tax’ of £310 a year for the first five years.

Used cars from the ages of March 2001 and March 2017 will be charged an additional £5 if they emit between 121 and 175 g/km, 176 – 225g/km increase by just £10. Cars over that 225g/km figure will rise by only £15. Vehicles with emissions lower than 120 g/km won’t see any increase.

Vehicles older than 2001 are still charged by engine capacity, this system remains unchanged, and there will be no price hikes.

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With the multiple different systems in place to tax vehicles, the current way to charge motorists for road use is becoming increasingly complexed and confusing. Moving the tax onto fuel would surely make it far easier; that way everyone is charged by how much they use the road network. Fuel is already costly enough, but a large scale overhaul to make the system fairer could be the solution. Why should someone covering 30,000 miles a year on our roads pay as much as a motorist that drives just 5,000?

Undoubtedly there would be an impact on business, but some sort of tax break or reimbursement for companies to offset some of the additional costs for sales reps and the like could make the system fit for purpose.

These tax increases have been justified by Philip Hammond due to the road network needing upgrade and maintenance work from 2020 to 2025, all money raised by the hike is being ring-fenced solely for that purpose.

It’s rumoured that another rise is expected in 2020 too.

Petrol engines are mentioned, what about Diesel engines?

Company car, 2 private cars and a motorbike which cannot all be driven at the same time. Road Tax on fuel would be fairer, I pay as much tax on my private car for approx 4000 miles a year compared to my company car which covers 20,000 miles a year - where is the balance? Penalise the high mile company car drivers The companies can afford it), after all they are causing more pollution and road wear and tear etc.

They couldn't raise enough money to correct all the problems they currently have with the roads. However, this doesn't stop them spending untold amounts making smart motorways. Whose only real effect is to slow traffic and raise revenue from speeding offences. Both during the massively extended installation and for years to comw on completion. How about they ring fence that money to help fill in the pot holes.

I do 500 miles per year in my weekend car which is 50p tax per mile!

I agree with the cost being added to the fuel. I have spoken about this for years. You pay for the miles you do and you cannot avoid paying the duty. My questions is why are electric cars free? They still place wear and tear on the roads therefore they should pay towards the maintenance. I am sure that some boffin can work out how wear and tear can be attributed to a vehicle depending on its weight. In that case, tax the electric car on weight based on a annual mileage declaration. Your insurance is based on an agreed annual mileage so use that figure for the electric car duty.

Road repairs are down to local authorities out of council tax etc. Our VED doesn't pay for them. Put the VED on to fuel price, yes, much fairer and do away with VED as they have in other countries.

i can remember the suggestion years ago of removing ved alltogether and increasing fuel to £5 per gallon to make it a fairer system, those who drive most pay most, all these years later not only are we still paying ved but are also paying well over the £5 per gallon and still they hike both .

Many small businesses are on tight margins, in fact large ones also. This could be the difference between growing the company or just surviving, who do they pass the charges on to?,you and me?, and customers would be happy to pay for this? Or just dismiss staff? The government should take advice from motoring organisations, businesses and general public before making these arbitrary charges. Not enough is spent on our infrastructure. Here's an idea; cut out say 80% of overseas aid and spend it on transport infrastructure in the UK.

It wouldn't be so bad if they actually repaired the roads but no. The roads are now so bad that you spend more time looking at the road surface than the surroundings. Surely the authorities should be prosecuted under health & safety grounds. If the rest of us had the same attitude at work, we'd all be behind bars

NO it would not be fair to place the duty on fuel as this is already taxed to the hilt and people like myself who live in cumbria and not london or manchester have to travel 20 miles to get basic shopping, with no option of bus services. It's about time the government stopped treating the motorist as it's personal ATM machine

So why won`t the Government simplify the tax system by putting it on fuel and do away with the costly RFL system and save millions in administration which can then be ploughed back into the road networks? Easy really they would have to disband part of the DVLA in Swansea which would render many of the 5859 (2014 figure) people employed there redundant. I believe siting it in Swansea may have been a political issue originally as I think it was allegedly one of the reasons the Agency was put there in the first place in 1965 was to placate the local workforce in an area of low employment. Some of the coal mines were starting to be closed in the 60`s and the rest in subsequent years and this resulted in a good politically motivated move to help employment in the area which was admirable. I have personally been to the DVLA several times, it is a massive expensive place. They have very strong unions who would of course be against any huge reductions in staffing if tax was increased on fuel making it fairer and very easy and far less costly to collect. The time I visited in the 90`s they were so far behind other businesses in their technology this culminated in hugely excessive costs. I was told at that time that they were trying to introduce new and up to date and more economic processes but anything that would entail staff reduction was instantly seized on by the Unions. One of the DVLA`s arguments, however, was that by collecting the RFL they can much more easily keep records on all cars (the honest drivers that pay it) to prevent fraud. But with widespread ANPR now being used I am not sure this argument stands. So I believe it is pretty certain it `aint goin` to happen any time soon!!!

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