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Car tax will increase again for the majority of motorists in 2019 – Here's by how much

Car tax has risen for the past two years in the UK.

Prices have soared for many motorists as a result of the vehicle excise duty increases over the last couple of years.

In 2017, new first-year rates were introduced and increased meaning only cars that produce 0g/km of CO2 emissions and cost under £40,000 don’t pay tax.

A luxury surcharge was applied to cars that cost over this amount of £310.

Second and subsequent year standard rates were also introduced for all cars in the UK.

The second year standard rates are:

£140 a year for petrol or diesel vehicles


£130 a year for alternative fuel vehicles (hybrids, bioethanol and LPG)

£0 a year for vehicles with zero CO2 emissions

From April 2018, new diesel car owners faced paying one band higher car tax rates as a result of an emissions clampdown.

If the vehicle did not meet a new emissions standard then the motorists would have to fork out more money.

This adds between £20 and £500 on to the cost of car tax for someone registering their car after April of this year.

Now, a new announcement in the Budget 2018 reveals that from 2019 drivers can expect another price hike.

VED will increase in line with inflation in April 2018 and April 2019.

In the Budget, it confirmed that:  “From 1 April 2019 VED rates for cars, vans, and motorcycles will increase in line with RPI.”

For the majority of motorists, this will result in an increase of £5. Owners of older, high emissions cars are expected to pay an additional £15.

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New car owners are expected to be hit the worst as they could be forced to pay £65 more on their first year of tax.

The new VED rates from 1 April 2019 were clarified in the Overview of Tax Legislation and Rates document released by the government. 

New car buyers with cars that produced over 255g/km of CO2 are expected to be hit by the extra £65 fee.

Cars that produce between 76g/km and 150g/km of CO2 will pay an extra £5.

Vehicles that produce 151-170 g/km will pay £15, 171-190g/km will pay £25 extra, 191-225g/km will pay £40 more and 226-255g/km will pay £55.

Chancellor Philip Hammond announced in the Budget revealed on Monday that all revenue from car tax would be used to improve the UK road network.

Daily Express :: Cars Feed

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