What are 2020 UK vehicle road tax changes?

As of April 1st 2020 the UK government announced changes to the first year road tax charged on new vehicle registrations.

Similarly to the previous calculation method the first years road tax charge is based on the CO2 emissions of the vehicle, with the second year tax payments for cars registered between April 1st 2017 and March 31st 2020 being standardised rate.

The table below shows the first years charges for vehicles registered from April 1st 2020 road tax charges.

Vehicles Registered on or After April 1st 2020

CO2 Emissions
(g/km)
Diesel* & Petrol
Cars
Diesel^ Cars Alternative
Fuel
0 £0 £0 £0
1-50 £10 £25 £0
51-75 £25 £110 £15
76-90 £110 £135 £100
91-100 £135 £155 £125
101-110 £!55 £175 £!45
111-130 £175 £215 £165
131-150 £215 £540 £205
151-170 £540 £870 £530
171-190 £870 £1,305 £860
191-225 £1,305 £1,850 £1,295
226-255 £1,850 £2,175 £2,165
Over 255 £2,175 £2,175 £2,165

This payment covers road tax for your the first year of ownership.

Source: Vehicle Tax Rates gov.uk

Secondary Charges for Cars Registered between April 1 2017 and 31 March 2020

Fuel TypesSingle 12 month paymentSingle 12 month payment by Direct DebitTotal of 12 monthly payments by Direct DebitSingle 6 month paymentSingle 6 Month payment by Direct Debit
Petrol or Diesel£150£145£152.25£79.75£76.13
Electric£0N/AN/A£0N/A
Alternative**£140£135£141.75£74.25£70.88

Source: Vehicle Tax Rates gov.uk

What happens to the road tax on the car I'm part exchanging?

The road tax on a car cannot be transferred between owners. Therefore whenever you purchase a used vehicle you (the purchaser) will be liable to pay the vehicle road tax for that car. Here at Clevedon Garages our sales representative can assist you in doing upon collection of your car.

If you have an existing vehicle which you are part exchanging you are entitled to a refund equal to any remaining full months vehicle tax left. We will remove you as the legal owner which will trigger this refund to be actioned.


*Those cars that meet Real Driving Emissions 2 (RDE2) standards for nitrogen oxide emissions

^Those cars that do not meet RDE2 standards for nitrogen oxide emissions 

** Alternative fuel vehicles include hybrids, bioethanol and liquid petroleum gas