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Vehicle Tax Costs

This article gives up to date prices for vehicle tax as published by the DVLA for various tax classes.

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Cars, Motorcycles, Light Goods Vehicles and Trade Licences
First Year Rates

Cars, Motorcycles, Light Goods Vehicles and Trade Licences

This includes the following tax classes:

  • Private/light goods vehicles, motorcycles and tricycles
  • Cars registered on or after 1 March 2001, based on CO2 emissions and fuel type
  • Cars registered before 23 March 2006, based on CO2 emissions over 225g/km and fuel type
  • Light goods vehicles registered on or after 1 March 2001
  • Euro 4 light goods vehicles registered between 1 March 2003 and 31 December 2006
  • Euro 5 light goods vehicles registered between 1 January 2009 and 31 December 2010
  • Trade licences

The rates shown apply to tax discs taken out from 1 April 2011.

Cars registered before 1 March 2001 (based on engine size)

Private/light goods (TC11)

Engine size (cc)12 months rate6 months rate
Not over 1549 £130.00 £71.50
Over 1549 £215.00 £118.25

Cars registered on or after 1 March 2001 (based on fuel type and CO2 emissions)

The rates shown only apply to cars that have been type approved in category M1 and registered on the basis of CO2 emissions measured in g/km driven. These details are shown on the registration certificate (V5C).

Vehicle tax rates for cars registered on or after 1 March 2001 are split into 13 bands depending on CO2 emissions. The amount to pay is dependent on which band your car is in. The greener a car is, the cheaper tax becomes.

Standard rates - The following table contains the rates of vehicle tax for already registered cars.

Petrol Car (TC48) and Diesel Car (TC49)

BandCO2 emission (g/km)12 months rate6 months rate
AUp to 100£0.00Not available
B101-110£20.00Not available
C111-120£30.00Not available
D121-130£95.00£52.25
E131-140£115.00£63.25
F141-150£130.00£71.50
G151-165£165.00£90.75
H166-175£190.00£104.50
I176-185£210.00£115.50
J186-200£245.00£134.75
K *201-225£260.00£143.00
L226-255£445.00£244.75
MOver 255£460.00£253.00

* Band K includes cars that have a CO2 figure over 225g/km but were registered before 23 March 2006

Alternative Fuel Car (TC59)

BandCO2 emission (g/km)12 months rate6 months rate
AUp to 100£0.00Not available
B101-110£10.00Not available
C111-120£20.00Not available
D121-130£85.00£46.75
E131-140£105.00£57.75
F141-150£120.00£66.00
G151-165£155.00£85.25
H166-175£180.00£99.00
I176-185£200.00£110.00
J186-200£235.00£129.25
K *201-225£250.00£137.50
L226-255£435.00£239.25
MOver 255£450.00£247.50

* Band K includes cars that have a CO2 figure over 225g/km but were registered before 23 March 2006

Details of your car's CO2 emissions can be found on your vehicle registration certificate (V5C). Alternatively enter the make and registration number of your car into the online 'vehicle enquiry' section on DVLA's website.

Or read about this service in Car Fuel, CO2 Emissions and Vehicle Tax.

First Year Rates

First year rates apply to the cost of car tax for new vehicles (registered on or after 1st April 2010) and are based on CO2 emissions and fuel type.

The rates in the table below are only payable for a vehicle's first tax disc taken out at first registration. All other tax discs will be charged according to the standard rate tables shown above.

Petrol Car (TC48) and Diesel Car (TC49)

BandCO2 emission (g/km)12 months rate6 months rate
AUp to 100£0.00Not available
B101-110£0.00Not available
C111-120£0.00Not available
D121-130£0.00Not available
E131-140£115.00£63.25
F141-150£130.00£71.50
G151-165£165.00£90.75
H166-175£265.00Not available
I176-185£315.00Not available
J186-200£445.00Not available
K201-225£580.00Not available
L226-255£790.00Not available
MOver 255£1,000.00Not available

Alternative Fuel Car (TC59)

BandCO2 emission (g/km)12 months rate6 months rate
AUp to 100£0.00Not available
B101-110£0.00Not available
C111-120£0.00Not available
D121-130£0.00Not available
E131-140£105.00£57.75
F141-150£120.00£66.00
G151-165£155.00£85.25
H166-175£255.00Not available
I176-185£305.00Not available
J186-200£435.00Not available
K201-225£570.00Not available
L226-255£780.00Not available
MOver 255£990.00Not available

Last updated: Monday 25th July 2011 at 3:00pm

By Eric Craggs - Google+