Fiestive season

I can't understand why my wife's 2004 Fiesta 1.4 Zetec manual has road tax of £145pa whereas her father's brand new 1.4 Fiesta Zetec (old model, also manual) is only £120. Our Vehicle Registration Certificate states 154 g/km. Is this a mistake? The DVLA websites are no use as they only seem to list brand new cars. Is there a database for 2nd-hand cars?

Asked on 31 January 2009 by

Answered by Honest John
It's because the older car is 156 - 158g/km CO2, the tax rate for which is £145. And because the newer car is 147g/km, the tax rate for which is £120. Next year they will be £150 and £125. In 2010/2011 they will be £125 and £155. For CO2 on new cars go to: www.vcacarfueldata.org.uk For CO2 on older cars go to: www.smmtco2.co.uk/co2search2.asp The proposed 2009/2010 VED rates and postponement of them in the November 2008 budget caused a lot of confusion. For past, present and future CO2 based tax rates see the first FAQ answer at www.honestjohn.co.uk
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