What are the VED rules for camper vans?

I purchased a Mercedes-Benz Marco Polo in December 2017. My V5 document has it in taxation class as diesel car but it is in fact a camper van with fitted beds, table and cooker. I understand that many purchasers are now getting it taxed as a motorhome, which would be more accurate. What are the differences and what does this mean financially?

On another point, many seaside resorts are stating that motorhomes are not allowed to park in many places. As my vehicle is registered as a car am I correct in thinking it is ok for me to park in these non-motorhome parking spaces?

Asked on 11 November 2021 by Robert Friedrich

Answered by Dan Powell
Camper vans registered between 2017 and 2020 have VED applied in one of two ways. If it is an M1SP category camper van - which most campers are - and has a CO2 emissions figure on its type approval certificate, then you will pay a flat £155 VED rate plus an extra £335 a year if the list price was over £40k. The 'premium car tax' however is applicable for five years (from the second year the van is taxed), which means the VED will fall to a flat £155 when the vehicle is seven years old.

If your camper van is not in the M1SP category or does not have its CO2 emissions on the type approval certificate, then VED is applied by the same rules for older vehicles (£280 a year) although there will be very few that do.

In regards to parking, you'll need to check with the local authority on what their definition of a motorhome is. In my experience, camper vans are usually ok. But the exact rules for parking are usually detailed on a sign close to the place you want to park.
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