On April 1st car tax rates will increase for motorists in Britain. The change, announced in the Autumn Budget 2018, could add as much as £65 on to the cost of vehicles excise duty. VED is increasing in line with the trail price index (RPI) which is why the fees are being inflated. This is the third alteration to DVLA car tax rates in the UK over the past three years. In 2017, first-year rates were overhauled and increased adding hundreds more to the price of VED in the first year. New seconds and subsequent year rates were also introduced.
These were £140 for all cars except hybrids which get a £10 discount and electric cars costing under £40,000 being exempt and zero emissions electric cars escaping paying anything.
There is also a levy that vehicles costing over £40,000 need to pay of £310.
In 2018 diesel cars owners faced paying up to £500 more for their car tax as any vehicle which failed to meet the new RDE2 real-world car emissions standards would need to pay one car tax band higher.
As a result of the annual changes to car tax, you’d be forgiven if you were a bit confused about how much you face paying.
To check how much car tax you need to pay then you can use the tool on the VCA (Vehicle Certification Agency) website.
Under the ‘Car fuel data, CO2 and vehicle tax tools’ you need to click on the ‘Find vehicle tax information on a new or used car’ section.
You can then cycle through a number of pages to determine which vehicle you have and when it was registered which should give you an accurate VED figure.
Drivers can also be fined a minimum of £80 for failing to have valid car tax. This can quickly rise to £1,000 if you’re caught by police or if your case goes to court.
Since the abolition of the car tax, more motorists are failing to pay it, which could perhaps be linked to the tac there is no visual reminder anymore.
There is another gov.uk tool drivers can use to check if their vehicle is up to date with tax and MOT to help avoid landing fines.
Motorists can also be fined £1,000 if they fail to have a valid MOT certificate.