Car tax 2018 – A simple guide to what has changed and how much it will cost you

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Earlier this year for millions of motorists.

This was as a result of Chancellor who increased the amount of car tax diesel drivers paid if they fail to meet a new emissions standard.

motorists are required to pay one car tax band higher if they don’t meet the real-world driving emissions standards.

Cars mustn’t emit more than 80mg/km which is one and a half times higher than the previous limit of 120mg/km.

Compliance with these emissions standards isn’t mandatory by car manufacturers until 2020, meaning no new cars are complaint with the new standards.

The changes could see some driver pay in the first year than if it was registered before April 1st, 2018.

Only cars registered after this date will face paying the higher rates of vehicle excise duty.

Therefore, cars registered after this date are the only ones that will need to pay the higher rate of tax.

Here are new car tax bands as of April 2017 compared to the new rates set to be introduced as of April 2018 for diesel drivers:

1 – 50 g/km CO2
PRE-APRIL 2018 RATE:£10
FROM APRIL 2018: £25

51 – 75 g/km CO2
PRE-APRIL 2018 RATE: £25
FROM APRIL 2018: £100

76 – 90 g/km CO2
PRE-APRIL 2018 RATE: £100
FROM APRIL 2018: £120

91 – 100 g/km CO2
PRE-APRIL 2018 RATE: £120
FROM APRIL 2018: £140

101 – 110 g/km CO2
PRE-APRIL 2018 RATE: £140
FROM APRIL 2018: £160

111 – 130 g/km CO2
PRE-APRIL 2018 RATE: £160
FROM APRIL 2018: £200

131 – 150 g/km CO2
PRE-APRIL 2018 RATE: £200
FROM APRIL 2018: £500

151 – 170 g/km CO2
PRE-APRIL 2018 RATE:£500
FROM APRIL 2018: £800

171 – 190 g/km CO2
PRE-APRIL 2018 RATE: £800
FROM APRIL 2018: £1,200

191 – 225 g/km CO2
PRE-APRIL 2018 RATE: £1,200
FROM APRIL 2018:£1,700

226 – 255 g/km CO2
PRE-APRIL 2018 RATE: £1,700
FROM 2018:£2,000

Over 255 g/km CO2
RATE: £2,000

The changes in 2018 follow the increases made in April 2017.

First year car tax rates increased in a bid to encourage motorists buying lower emissions vehicles.

In addition to this a luxury car surcharge for vehicles that cost over £40,000.

Now only zero-emissions cars that cost under £40,000 will be able to dodge the new car tax fees.

A fee of £310 will be added to the cost of vehicle excise duty for the first five years for car tax.

Many car tax rates increased compared to the year before.

A car that produced 120g/km C02 emissions pre-April 1st 2017 paid just £30 for car tax, while a car registered after that date pays £160.

How tax for petrol and diesel cars compare before and after April 1st, 2017

Pre- April 1st, 2017

120g/km – £30

150g/km – £145

170g/km – £210

Over 255g/km – £515

Post-April 1st 2017

120g/km – £160

150g/km – £200

170g/km – £500

Over 255g/km – £2,000

In addition to the inflated first-year fees, a set of standardised second and subsequent year rates came into force.

These standard rate charges will vary for drivers depending on what type of car they are and what fuel they use:

-£140 per year for petrol and diesel vehicles

-£130 per year for ‘alternative fuel’ vehicles, such as hybrids

-£0 per year for zero-emissions vehicles, such as fully electric

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