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New Vehicle Tax rates from April 2010

New Vehicle Tax rates from April 2010

New Vehicle Tax rates come into force in April 2010, with low emission cars becoming cheaper to tax, higher emissions cars becoming more expensive to tax, and new high emission cars will also be subject to a new showroom tax of up to £950.

Vehicle Tax rates for cars registered on or after 1 March 2001 are split into 13 bands depending on CO2 emissions. The amount you will pay depends on which band your car comes under.

From April 2010 there will be different Vehicle Tax rates for new cars when they are first registered. These are known as ‘first-year rates’. Standard rates of Vehicle Tax will also change in April 2010.

Vehicle tax rates

From April 2010, higher emitting cars will be charged up to £30 more and lower emitting cars will be charged up to £30 less. Petrol and diesel cars pay the same amount.

*Band K includes cars that have a CO2 figure over 225g/km but were registered before 23 March 2006.

New first-year rates

From April 2010 anyone buying a new car will pay a different rate of Vehicle Tax for the first tax disc. From the second tax disc onwards they will then pay the standard rate. The idea of this is to send a stronger signal to the buyer about the environmental implications of their car purchase and will only apply to new cars, not already registered cars.

Rates for alternative fuel cars such as hybrids, electric and LPG

Alternative fuel cars include gas-propelled vehicles (such as LPG), and those capable of being propelled by petrol and gas or electricity and petrol/diesel (hybrids).

What about cars registered before 1 March 2001?

Rates for cars and vans registered before 1 March 2001 are based on engine size. The rates for these cars from April 2010 are:

Engine size 1549cc or under: £125

Engine size over 1549cc: £205


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