April 2018 road tax changes explained… find out if you’ll be paying more for your VED

Road tax changes announced in Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Autumn Budget will come into force from April 1 – but will they mean you pay more to keep your car on the road?

Here’s all you need to know about the April 2018 road tax changes.

How first-year VED rates will change from April 1, 2018

CO2 emissions (g/km) Current first-year VED First-year VED for diesels registered from April 2018*
0 £0 N/A
1 – 50 £10 £25
51 – 75 £25 £100
76 – 90 £100 £120
91 – 100 £120 £140
101 – 110 £140 £160
111 – 130 £160 £200
131 – 150 £200 £500
151 – 170 £500 £800
171 – 190 £800 £1,200
191 – 225 £1,200 £1,700
226 – 255 £1,700 £2,000
Over 255 £2,000 TBA

* Applies to vehicles not meeting real-world Euro 6 standards.

What cars will be hit by the April 2018 changes?

The changes will impact first-year tax rates for new diesel vehicles not meeting real-world Euro 6 standards.

This means that new cars can emit up to 1.5 times the current 80mg/km NOx limit under real-world driving tests to avoid being bumped up a tax band.

The changes will apply to new vehicles first-registered from April 1, 2018. Older cars will not be hit by the hikes.

Does this apply to vans?

No – the increase in charges is reserved for cars.

Why are the rates changing – again?

These changes in rates can be seen as a realignment ahead of bigger changes coming into force from September 2019, when methods used to measure emissions will change.

New emissions testing will swap from the laboratory to real-world driving situations. This is expected reveal a significant increase in emissions levels for most cars – meaning bigger bills for many drivers.

So, give some examples of cars that will cost more from April 1, 2018 – and by how much!

Just a couple of examples showing how new car owners could pay more from April

Just a couple of examples showing how new car owners could pay more from April. Images Ford & Porsche

According to AutoExpress, cars such as the Ford Fiesta are likely to owe £20 more under new first-year tax rates, but higher-polluting motors, like the Porsche Cayenne, are expected to be hit by hikes of up to £500.

So it’s only new-car drivers that’ll pay more?

No. Anyone who bought a car just before April last year could be hit by an increase in the standard rate tax payment.

The new standard charge will be £140 – and £450 per year for vehicles costing over £40,000.

So what else have we got to look forward to?

The Government has revealed private car tax (VED) and company car rates (BIK) will be based on much tougher WLTP emissions tests from 2020 – read about the proposals here.


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