Motoring by Press Association 29/03/2019, 3:28 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter The best things in life are free, right? And while road tax – or vehicle excise duty (VED) as it’s more appropriately known – is an inevitability for most, there are ways to avoid paying it. You see, cars registered between February 2001 and April 2017 operate on a carbon-dioxide based system of road tax. Cars that emit more carbon dioxide pay more per year – simple. The real fun comes lower down in the range, though, as cars that emit less than 100g/km of carbon dioxide don’t pay any road tax at all. This was a measure introduced to encourage manufacturers to produce lower-emissions vehicles, and it worked – in fact, the system only changed in 2017 because so many new cars weren’t paying anything. It means that for the used buyer, these models can be attractive and cost-effective. Here are some of the best used cars that … [Read more...] about The best used cars with free road tax
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It’s looking quite likely that owners of full-electric vehicles will be paying more for their vehicle’s road tax in the coming future, if what is apparently emerging is right. Word from the grapevine is that the road transport department (JPJ) will be moving to calculating the road tax rates for electric vehicles based on their motor kilowatt output instead of the traditional engine cc displacement as previously utilised. This will effectively alter the payable road tax rate for EVs, which was initially drafted for calculation based on a kilowatt rate, and for which the table has been in place since 2011. According to JPJ sources, the rates for EVs were previously keyed in by clerks under the cc category during the vehicle registration, as a matter of familiarity. This is set to change. A hint of the possible revision started last week, when a guideline on the calculation of the road tax for pure electric vehicles began to circulate around social media circles, with some … [Read more...] about Local EV road tax to finally switch to kW-based rate?
In a drastic move, the transport ministry has announced that all cars that are affected by the recall of potentially faulty Takata airbag inflators will not be able to have their road tax renewed until the necessary replacements are made. According to reports by The Star and the Malay Mail, the new directive will take effect this coming Monday (June 4), whereby all affected vehicle owners are required to obtain a certificate from their respective car dealership to prove that they have changed their airbags. Transport minister Anthony Loke added that all car companies involved in the global recall exercise are required to submit a list of vehicles that have yet to have their airbags replaced to the Road Transport Department (JPJ). “We will input the list of all vehicles that have not changed their airbags into our system. I have also directed JPJ not to renew the road tax of these vehicles unless they replaced their airbags. I will also ask car companies to come up with a … [Read more...] about Vehicles with potentially faulty Takata airbags cannot have their road tax renewed
The Indian road tax structure is quite confusing and each state has different rules and tax percentages. In a new case, a judgment has been passed that will allow the consumer to save more money while registering new, discounted vehicles. Here’s how. The court has said that the lifetime tax should be levied on the invoice price rather than the ex-showroom price of the vehicle. Which means, the Road Transport Authority (RTA) will now consider the price printed on the invoice rather than the ex-showroom price while calculating the lifetime tax of the vehicle. It means that the vehicles that are on discount will have to pay lower tax from now. This particular case is from Telangana, where the RTAs were calculating and collecting tax on the ex-showroom price of the vehicle announced by manufacturers. Advocate Kishore Rai, who bought a Volvo XC60 SUV at a discount of Rs. 3 lakh on ex-showroom price had to pay tax on the ex-showroom price set by the manufacturer. While the ex-showroom … [Read more...] about Road tax on discounted vehicles to decrease, thanks to High Court
Motorists with cars and motorcycles that have lapsed road tax will be given the chance to renew their insurance without having to go through a Puspakom inspection, The Star reports. According to transport minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, the special reprieve is being offered by the authorities as part of a nationwide “whitening” exercise. He said that there was a condition for the reprieve, with the road tax expiry period of these vehicles having to be below three years. He added that the exercise will only be valid for three months, until the end of June. Liow urged vehicle owners to take up the offer. “The premium rates offered by insurance companies under this exercise will be lower. Once their vehicles are insured, they can go to any road transport department (JPJ) office to renew their road tax,” he explained. “We expect this move to benefit the lower income groups, who are driving or riding with expired road tax, especially in rural areas. The … [Read more...] about Gov’t offers owners of vehicles with long-expired road tax the chance to renew insurance without hassle