VED - chris
I bought a new car in September 2000, and was wondering if anyone could tell me how it will be charged. Is it by CO2 emissions or engine size?

Also do the charges apply to used cars as well?
Re: VED - Jeff Sofroniou
Vehicle excise duty will be determined by CO2 emissions on new cars only as from 01 March 2001. DVLA have a useful leaflet giving the critera and charges.
Re: VED - chris
my car is actually a 1.9 90 bhp tdi golf bought in sep 2000. would this have been charged more or less if i had bought it after march 1st
Re: VED - Neil

My wife and I bought a Golf GT TDI PD. The car falls into the A tax band which, for diesels, is £110.

However, with an annual mileage of over 25000, the savings on road tax are peanuts.
Re: VED - Alvin Booth
Hi Chris,
It would appear that it would have been cheaper if you bought the same car after April.
Go to site which gives information.
I have just paid £160.00 for my DTi vectra and exactly the same spec car will be £130.00 after that date.
Its highway robbery (not meant as a pun either)
The excuse is that they have to have a start date and all car manufacturers don't give the emission rate on their cars. They certainly do on mine.
I wish 2 Jags Prescott had to pay a grand each for his gas guzzlers.


Alvin Booth
Re: VED - Mark Dowling
I don't believe the start date argument. CO2 emission figures have been a requirement under the new EU-standard consumption analysis which has been available for most cars for 2 years.

It's just yet another excuse for the government to announce a tax cut years in advance and repeat it ad nauseam without it actually costing them anything.

So many identical cars will be paying different tax rates just because one is a month newer, which cannot be fair.
Re: VED - Mark Dowling
Am I the only one to notice that the chancellor is trying to put one over on the motorist with his reduction in VED for cars between 1200 and 1549cc?

When the reduction was announced, he said that the change (which comes in in July 2001) would be backdated to November 2000. So I assumed that my wife's car (whose VED was renewed for a year in October 2000) would be eligible for a rebate of 11 months worth of £55 per year - just over £50. It wasn't until I read the small print on the DVLA website that I found out that the rebate will be a flat rate of £55 - anyone renewing their VED in October 2000 or prior will get nothing, and anyone renewing in November 2000 or later will get the full £55.

In other words, the change isn't backdated to November 2000. It's backdated from July 2001 to your VED renewal date unless that renewal date was before November 2000. November 2000 is the earliest date and October 2001 is the latest date that motorists will benefit from the reduction.

The same thing didn't apply for the reduction in VED for cars between 1100 and 1200cc - the reduction took effect from March 2001 but was backdated a full year to March 2000, so all motorists benefited from the backdating.

I queried this with DVLA (who confirmed my understanding) and asked whether we could surrender our current VED disk (say at the end of March 2001) and buy a new one (say at the start of April 2001). They said that this was OK and we would then qualify for the full rebate. Doing this will save us £25 (rebate of 6 months at £155 = £77.50; save 6 months at £105 = £52.50; rebate of £55; less 12 months at £160 = £160). I asked what the point in having to go to all this palaver was, and the DVLA staff member said "it was typical of the government". I couldn't agree more.

The method for giving the rebate is also unnecessarily complex. Instead of giving a reduction off the cost of the next renewal (which would have cost virtually nothing to implement) DVLA are writing to the registered keeper to ask them if they want the rebate and then (after the cost of processing the reply, which I suspect might say "YES") and only then will send them a cheque.

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