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?
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POTENTIAL new car buyers looking to dodge tax hikes in 2019 may want to consider going electric. All motors, not just new models, will be hit with the increase on its Vehicle and Excise Duty (VED) from April 1 this year to account for inflation. Under the old system, cars with CO2 emissions lower than 100g/km were exempt from paying VED. But since April 2017, any new vehicle producing just 1g/km is eligible for road tax - meaning only owners of new electric cars don't have to pay. AutoExpress has put together a list of the best motors exempt from road tax under the new rules - and some of their second-hand hybrid variants also dodge taxes. BMW i3 - from £30,980 The BMW i3 is widely considered as the industry leader in comfort and economy for its category. Despite its relatively high price tag, the i3 is perfect if you're looking for a spacious and well thought out vehicle. You can take comfort in knowing you'll have 195 miles of range before needing to charge their motor. And … [Read more...] about These are the top five cars to buy in 2019 that mean you won’t pay any road tax
A series of recent and forthcoming changes made to motoring laws mean 2019 could prove to be an expensive year for drivers who fail to brush up on their highway code. Changes to the amount of room drivers must leave for cyclists, how we use smart motorways, guidelines for learners and the way cars are assessed for their MOT mean there are several new ways road users an fall foul of the law. How the Highway Code is going to change There is now a defined amount of space drivers must leave for cyclists when overtaking, or face a £100 fine. The Highway Code says there must be at least 1.5 metres (4ft 11in) between the car and the cyclist, which is roughly the width of a car door. Those who fail to leave enough of a gap will face a £100 fine. Smart Motorways Changes to smart motorway legislation could see drivers handed points on their licence for driving through a red X sign as well as a £100 fine. Driving under a red X is already an offence which can result in a police … [Read more...] about The 2019 changes to driving laws that will see drivers risk fines and pay more tax
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
CAR tax changes are set to double Treasury vehicle excise duty income this year, according to latest figures. Drivers who bought a car after April 2017 now have to pay £140 in the second year - regardless of how polluting the car is. That means the government will collect £13,800 per 100 cars under the new system compared to just £7,500 per 100 cars under the old system. Vehicle excise duty (VED) changes target lower emission cars which previously paid between £0 and £30 with the AA claiming the Treasury will be "quids in" after the ownership raid. The changes have also caused CO2 emissions to rise by one per cent to their highest level since 2015 - and the first rise for 14 years. Heavy-polluting new models actually pay less under the new system and experts claim penalising the lowest polluting models has prompted drivers not to switch out of older, dirtier models. That's caused new car sales to plummet over the last year. Jack Cousens, head of roads policy … [Read more...] about Vehicle excise duty changes will almost DOUBLE Treasury road tax income this year – and car CO2 is rising