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Vehicle & Car Tax
What is Car Tax?
Vehicle Tax is sometimes called Car Tax. It is a tax paid on every private or public vehicle on the UK roads, with certain exceptions. Vehicles must display a valid tax disk to show that they have paid Vehicle Tax, or that they have been classed as exempt. Vehicle Tax is collected by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).
Car Road Tax the facts …
The cost of Vehicle Tax depends on the type of vehicle, its size, fuel type, and age. You need to pay Vehicle Tax for each vehicle that you own.
- For example, for cars registered before 2001, there is a flat rate of Car Road Tax of either £130 or £215 per year
- For cars registered between 2001 and 2009, the Car Road Tax Rate is between £0 and £465 per year
- For cars registered after 2010, the Car Road Tax rate is between £0 and £1000 per year
- There are different rates for motorcycles, light and heavy goods vehicles, lorries and buses. Full lists of the various rates are available from the DVLA
- If you are disabled, you may be able to claim a free tax disc for a vehicle registered in your name
The following categories are exempt from vehicle tax, although in many cases they fall into a different category of taxation:
- Mobility scooters
- Invalid carriages
- Vehicles built before 1973
- Electric vehicles
- Steam-powered vehicles
- Most agricultural and forestry vehicles
Even if your vehicle is exempt from Vehicle Tax, you should still display a tax disk.
If your vehicle is sold, or scrapped, or stolen, you can usually claim a refund for part of the Vehicle Tax you have paid.