New vehicle tax rates reminder – do they affect you?


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Drivers are being urged to check if the new vehicle tax rates affect them

The DVLA is reminding drivers who are thinking of buying new cars to check if the new vehicle tax rates will affect them. 

The rates, introduced to cover all cars and some motorhomes, were brought into force on 1 April 2017, and apply to all vehicles first registered on or after this date.

All cars are included under these rates however, for motorhomes, both of the following must apply:

  • The motorhome is in the M1SP category (check with your dealer if you’re not sure)
  • The motorhome’s CO2 emissions are included on the ‘type approval certificate’ (this might be called a ‘certificate of conformity’ or ‘individual vehicle approval’).

The amount you have to pay directly relates to CO2 emissions and the government has worked out how much you may have to pay in your first tax payment when you register your vehicle, with alternatively fuelled cars coming out just cheaper than their petrol and diesel counterparts.


CO2 emissions (g/km)
Petrol (TC48) and diesel cars (TC49)
Alternative fuel cars (TC59)
0 £0 £0
1-50 £10 £0
51-75 £25 £15
76-90 £100 £90
91-100 £120 £110
101-110 £140 £130
111-130 £160 £150
131-150 £200 £190
151-170 £500 £490
171-190 £800 £790
191-225 £1,200
226-255 £1,700 £1,690
Over 255

When the first vehicle tax period has ended, usually after 12 months, the amount of tax that needs to be paid depends on the type of vehicle it is. The rates are:

  • £140 a year for petrol or diesel vehicles
  • £130 a year for alternative fuel vehicles
  • £0 a year for vehicles with zero CO2 emissions.

Vehicles worth more than £40,000

If your car has an original list price of more than £40,000, it will be taxed as normal based on CO2 emissions for the first year. However, after the first vehicle tax period has ended, the rate that needs to be paid depends on the type of vehicle (petrol, diesel, alternative fuel or zero emissions), plus an additional rate of £310 a year for the next five years.

Click here to calculate how much vehicle tax you should be paying. Visit for more information.

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