Vehicle excise duty rates (2015/16) - how much will you pay?
Car tax rates are based on official CO2 emissions data
A vehicle registered in the UK must be taxed if it is used or kept on a public road.
A vehicle kept off-road must either be taxed or have a SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification).
Known formally as Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) or Graduated VED, the amount of car tax you pay depends on the car's engine size or official CO2 emissions and the date of first registration.
Car first registered after 1 March 2001
If the car was registered on or after 1 March 2001, there's a series of car tax bands based on fuel type and CO2 emission levels.
Summer budget 2015
The chancellor announced significant changes to the VED system
for new cars registered from 1 April 2017.
- First year rates of VED will vary according to the official CO2 emissions of the vehicle.
- There will be a flat standard rate of £140 for all cars except those emitting 0 grams CO2/km for which the standard rate will be £0.
- Cars with a list price above £40,000 will attract a supplement of £310 per year for the first 5 years in which the standard rate is paid.
- The new VED system will be reviewed as necessary to "ensure that it continues to incentivise the cleanest cars".
- Cars first registered before 1 April 2017 will continue to pay VED under the current system - based on engine size if registered before 1 March 2001 and official CO2 emissions if first registered after 1 March 2001.