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How much Vehicle Tax do I have to pay?

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 either £130 or £215 per year
  • For cars registered between 2001 and 2009, the rate is between £0 and £465 per year
  • For cars registered after 2010, the 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.

How do I pay Vehicle Tax?

You can usually pay Vehicle Tax in 12-month or 6-month instalments. You can pay online, on the telephone, or at the Post Office. You may need to show various documents, including the vehicle’s registration certificate, a valid insurance certificate, and an MOT certificate.

When your Vehicle Tax is due to expire, you will receive a reminder from the DVLA. You can usually use this to re-tax your vehicle.

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