At the end of 2018 the government announced another car tax hike to hit us on April 1st 2019. This will be the third Vehicle Excise Duty rate adjustment in the last couple of years.
The new rates for VED from 1 April 2019 were clarified in the Overview of Tax Legislation and Rates document released by the government.
The legislation means new cars purchased with CO2 emissions over 255g/km could cost their owners an additional £65 for the first year. Even the more economical cars will have to pay £5 for the first rate VED rise.
Cars registered after 2017 will also have to pay a higher standard rate of VED.
Even if you registered your car between 2001 and 2017 you may also have to pay more VED as of April. However, if your vehicle produces less than 120g/km CO2 you won’t have to pay any extra VED. This is also the case if you own one of our electric vehicles as these continue to avoid any vehicle tax penalisation.
For most car owners the vehicle tax changes due in April 2019 are likely to result in an increase of between £5 and £15 annually.
Chancellor Mr Hammond announced that £28.8billion in funds raised from the VED increase would be ring-fenced to pay for upgrades and maintenance to our major roads and motorways. It has been said that it is the first time that VED tax income will be solely used for upgrading the road network.