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Car tax rates to change in April – here’s how they affect you

Car tax rates to change in April – here’s how they affect you

By Swansway Motor Group 12-03-2019


Car tax rates are due to change in April, bringing with it a series of additional charges to nearly all drivers. It’s categorised into several different ways, with different owners paying different amounts depending on vehicle emissions.

Fortunately enough, we’ve waded through the figures to tell you just how much could be added to your tax.


The Autumn budget from 2018 stated that “from 1 April 2019 VED rates for cars, vans and motorcycles will increase in line with RPI.” The changes have come into play to account for inflation.

How will the tax rate changing affect me? 

  • Cars registered between the 1st of March 2001 and 2017, will only see a maxium of £15 added to there anual rate depending on the emissions rate.
  • There will be no pay increase for drivers of cars registered between those dates that emit below 120g/km. Also Zero emission cars also wont have to pay any extra.
  • If you have a car with emissions ranging from 176-185g/km up to 201-225g/km you will have to pay an additional £10 and and any vehicles that sit in the highest emissions bracket will see a £15 increase.
  • Tax prices for vehicles registered Pre-March 1, 2001 will vary dependng on the engine size. Information is yet to be released as to whether there will be an increase in the current price.
  • New cars will have to pay an extra £40 the first year after purchase in the car emits than 191-225g/km CO2, a £55 increase will be seen if the car emits between 226-255g/km and finally £65 if the car emits over 255g/km CO2.

Petrol and diesel cars

In truth, it’s not all doom and gloom for most motorists, with cars registered between March 1, 2001 and March 1, 2017 only seeing a maximum of £15 added to their annual rate based on their specific emission levels.

Those drivers who use a car registered between these dates which emits below 120g/km will not see any increase in the amount they pay. 

Vehicles with CO2 emissions ranging from 121-130g/km up to 166-175g/km will find an extra £5 added to the amount they pay.

Meanwhile cars with emissions ranging from 176-185g/km up to 201-225g/km will pay an additional £10, while those cars sitting in the highest emissions bracket will have £15 added.

Owners of zero-emissions vehicles won’t have to pay a penny extra, however.

Pre-March 1, 2001

Cars registered before March 1, 2001 are taxed based on engine size. Those vehicles with an engine under 1,549cc will be accompanied by a £150 a year tax charge (in total), while those over 1,549cc will cost £245 a year to tax. There has been no information released as yet to state whether or not these rates will rise on April 1.

New cars

It’s buyers of new cars which will be stung the most by the changes. For the first year after purchase, cars that emit more than 191-225g/km CO2 will pay £40 more, with cars emitting between 226-255g/km £55 more.

Cars that emit over 255g/km CO2 will pay £65 more. 


Want to know how to Tax your car? Take a look at our handy guide to discover how much you should be paying and the payment option that’s right for you.

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