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How to pay no tax on your car for life

Motoring might be cheap right now, but any extra saving you make can help. Could how much you pay in tax be the answer?

Vehicle excise duty (VED), commonly known as road tax or car tax, is based on how environmentally-friendly a vehicle is. Paying less tax is one way to drive down the cost of your next car, and you don’t have to buy an electric or diesel car to do it. 

You can pay no tax on your car for life

There are 13 tax bands with costs ranging from £0 for a brand new car to £1,090 for band M. Thankfully rates drop in their second year for bands H to M. If you get a car in band A you pay zero tax in the first year, and this continues for the life of the car. Though the cars in this band tend to be smaller, there are big name and popular cars that fit into this group such as the Ford Fiesta. If you fancy a bigger car tax-free, you could consider a  diesel engine.

First year costs of car tax can be low too

There are a few other bands which are tax free in that first year, so even if your car isn't band A, you can still make a saving. 

You also don't need to pay the tax in the first year on any cars in bands B, C and D. However unlike band A, the rate of VED you pay in subsequent years will rise to a standard rate, although they are still low compared with the top bands. Bands B, C and D go up to £20, £30 and £110 per year respectively. 

You do pay car tax on bands E, F and G from the start, and rates are the same as year one.

The amount you pay each year on the higher bands actually drops to a lower rate from the second year onwards. That's worth bearing in mind if you are buying second hand.

Price of a new car vs subsequent tax savings

Buying a tax-free car could give a great saving, but it could still end up costing you more overall. 

It's sometimes the case that cars with the more economic engines are more expensive than models of the same car but with a different engine. If the less expensive car was in band B and you kept it for five years, the tax would only add up to £80. Even if there are other saving to be made from having a more economical car, such as using less petrol , those savings might not outweigh the cost of a more expensive car.


Pay the whole year upfront

If you have a car in band D upwards, you have the option to pay your tax annually, every six months or monthly. The cheapest way is to pay for the whole year upfront.

You can also pay by Direct Debit. Except for the single annual payment, you can save a few extra quid this way, though the cheapest is still paying upfront for the whole year. You can also save yourself an extra tenner by getting a car which runs on alternative fuels.


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  • Jackie / 26 July 2018

    I have a hyundai ix35 diesel 2013 it's just had an mot and the omissions are that low that it died not register on the meter. Why don't I get a tax reduction ? I pay £240 for 12 months

  • Ahmed Iqbal Mughal / 15 May 2017

    Why does the road tax go up every year, even though you don't drive as much ?

  • Terry / 22 February 2017

    People have brought small cars foe economy and environmental reasons. They have been conned again by theTories. The small car industry will be the 1st to see sales fall Greedy Conservative that don't know what it's like to survive The poor will inherite Heaven The Greedy will Not cause they think only if themselves

  • Brian / 13 February 2017

    Government has tried every combination to screw us, the road users! This just confirms that the biggest crooks in this country all reside in Parliament. For scores of years road tax has been collected but used for other causes, not roads. Currently, we the taxpayers are giving over£12 billion to other countries when so many British organisations are failing due to poor funding. WHY are the idiot minority in Parliament dictating to tthe public majority? Isn't it time we stopped this sort of thing? Would these countries come to our aid? No way! As an 81 year old, I've seen it all. If you are young enough - emigrate. We are taxed to the eyebrows!

  • Susan / 28 January 2017

    Fantastic, concise and factual information at your fingertips. If you use the road you should help pay towards the potholes! That includes cyclists who should also have tax, insurance and a registration plate.. appreciate cyclists won't like that but they do use the roads and we have cycle lanes etc for them so - they should contribute as a road user.

  • Lawson Johnson / 20 August 2016

    I own a lexus 2997 cc I paid road tax base on co level the local council charge me the duty again for parking should I be paying this tax twice

  • brian / 10 May 2016

    All road users should pay a road tax contribution. If we taxed every vehicle that uses our roads then we might have less potholes! Low polluters still wear out the roads and road tax was bought in to pay for the roads.
    In addition we are now finding out that the low polluting vehicles are not as low polluting as we are told, so are these vehicles going to be re-assessed?
    For my final rant: why are motorcycles (all motorcycles) taxed? they weigh less, only have two wheels and don't sit in traffic jams.

  • Michelle shode / 9 May 2016

    I want a car band a also cheap to run what cars are these please

  • Gary Linney / 2 May 2016

    No car should be exempt from paying road tax, we should all pay our way. It is not fair that a little diseisel can pollute for thousands of miles free of charge yet my clean petrol turbo is hammered with tax and I only do a thousand miles a year!

  • TERRY DYSON / 29 March 2016

    My car is a 2010 astra which I bought in early 2011 I only do 2500 miles a year why is my road tax more than cars much older doing a lot more miles per year

  • Dave / 27 March 2016

    I ride a motorcycle and own two vehicles , one is a work van ,the other is a private vehicle used at week ends, in all I pay 2 x£280 and £80 for my bike , as it is a pollution tax should I get a rebate as I can only use one vehicle at a time and I feel that this tax is a ripe off!☹️⛽️

  • Peter / 27 March 2016

    I bought a diesel , mainly for reliability and maintenance, but now they are bad news and the government is talking about a scrappage scheme !

  • Russ Fletcher / 22 March 2016

    Further to my previous comments, one of our vehicles runs on LPG/Autogas. The amount of VED reduction allowed by the DVLA is pathetic. Also, in the 5 years+ that I've had the vehicle, I've never received the reduction.

  • Russ Fletcher / 22 March 2016

    Why should there be bands of VED - all vehicles are using the roads and I'm sure that the tax was originally conceived to maintain the roads. It infuriates me when someone says they've got zero road tax, they are still driving on the roads and it feels like I'm paying for their privilege because I drive the vehicle of my choice. We are vehicle enthusiasts and in fact we have two vehicles, both in high VED bands. One is used every day for essential transport, the other is a "fun" car, a bit of a modern classic, it gets used for barely 2000 miles a year. but we still have to pay £280 VED on it. I think the system has become very unfair and it's long overdue that it becomes abolished and the tax be put on the fuel - that way everyone pays more fairly, the amount you pay then becomes proportional to the size of vehicle you drive and the amount of miles that you do.

  • Graham P / 22 March 2016

    Paying monthly is a far better way of paying for car tax. If you want to sell the car, there is no problem with over paying tax. these days with zero interest, or low interest, it's best to keep as much in the bank as possible. You never know when you might need it more than the government does.
    In fact it might be safer to keep it under the mattress .
    Of course another factor you should consider is buying a good classic car. there is no tax on these even if it has a bigger engine, and the insurance will be considerable cheaper. something else to consider - why have a car anyway if there is nowhere to park it?

  • Little inch / 21 March 2016

    Why do we pay road tax when it's not being used for repairing the roads as intended. Is this another rip off from the government. Perhaps a tax on breathing might bring in more revenue.

  • thomas evans / 20 March 2016 seems the richer you are in this country you can get away seems that if you can afford a new car and usually have plenty of money you get away with paying road tax even though you are using it regardless of your emissions do not run on emissions but on the road dont you? very unfair i say

  • john nicholson / 19 March 2016

    I have two 1975 Landrovers - one is a 101 truck, and the other a 110 ex-military Landrover. They are both tax exempt, and run on used vegetable oil fuel, that I collect for free. They are insured with Adrian Flux at around £100 per year.

  • Colin Smith / 15 March 2016

    In these days of environment friendly vehicles, why does the DVLA only reduce LPG Vehicles excise duty by £ 10.00 when we are not polluting and saving fuel. NO Co2 Saves the need for Hydrogen technology

  • John Simpson / 14 March 2016

    An MOT tester has to be qualified in their field of work. So too do electricians, gas fitters, driving instructors, solicitors, doctors. Not MPs though, the world over. Could that be why we're in such a mess and having to pay ever increasing amounts of tax, car or otherwise, to cover their mistakes?

  • George / 14 March 2016

    The VED should be an annual registration fee at the DVLA and a flat rate regardless of the size of vehicle.
    The pollution taxing should be levied on fuel, as that's where the polution is generated; less fuel burn, less polution.
    Simples ?

  • Molly Clarke / 13 March 2016

    My son has a B1 license and drives a microcar 500cc. His tax is over £170 . Why?? After all, it's only a motor cycle engine in a fibre glass car body. It's bigger than some of the small cars, I.e. fiat so why can't he drive one of these on his license

  • George Waite / 13 March 2016

    Why am I paying £90 per year on my motorcycle ?

  • Isabel Dennis / 10 March 2016

    Re my comment on 3rd March, even if you prove your car has zero CO2 after fitting new technology product it will not make a difference to Vehicle Tax charged as DVLA only work on manufacturers readings and cc. DVLA are aware that manufacturers lied about on-board equipment and everyone is aware of the VW scandal, but DVLA will not budge. It would appear the Gov is not interested in individuals reducing CO2 and will charge regardless.

  • Dot Laird / 10 March 2016

    I thought car tax was changing next year so that the base cost for a year would be £140.

  • georgie / 10 March 2016

    Alternatively, buy a classic historic vehicle and pay no tax at all. Better still get a per 1959 car and you don't even need an MOT.

  • Keith / 7 March 2016

    There are too many cars on the road. Too many commuting in cars where there are alternative ways such as walking or buses. Too many unnecessary journeys like taking the kids to school, 300 yds down the road, nipping to the corner shop only 200 yds away. I say put VED on petrol, the more you use the roads and pollute the more you pay and have a system for transport businesses to reclaim some of the tax back.

  • Colin Brooker / 7 March 2016

    So Spend approximately £10k on a new car to save £100 a year on tax wow that's only going to take 100 years to recover my outlay.

  • Tom / 6 March 2016

    Some countries like UAE has one of the best roads in space and services and yet never applied road taxes, unlike the barley one road in most cases with little to non services. We can't even stop to use WC or get a drink without being harassed or stressed. Having said that, some taxes are ridiculously expensive. I have also driven in some European motorways, they put us to shame. I was in Hungary driving and around every 10 km there's a place to park you car to relax eat walk a little or breast feeding for my new born who needed her mother. Its just not right. We pay taxes on everything it makes me feel sick..

  • Brian / 5 March 2016

    Andy Webb is talking a load of bullsh.. Where is the 'pay no tax for life'? Selling your car is the only way to get out of the DVLA's grubby grabbing hands. They have tried every trick in the book to smokescreen car taxes, from the size of car to, currently, pollution outputs.
    As a driver for 63 years, there is nothing honest about the Government's ways of milking the motorist at every turn to give it away, by £11 billion, to other countries.

  • Isabel Dennis / 3 March 2016

    If you have an MOT certificate that states your car has zero toxic emissions, no matter what size engine or age of car, can you send copy of certificate to DVLA to be exempt from paying vehicle tax? This is not a wind up, it has actually happened in the UK with a car fitted with new technology. Proof and more information available on request.

  • Mike / 28 February 2016

    The only fair way to collect road tax is to put it on fuel, then the more you use the road the more you pay. This has been suggested many times, but is never taken up. The private motorist is subsidising the huge fleets of cars run by big companies doing big mileages. The bigger the mileage the more the road damage. Why do these big companies have so much lobbying power. Very simple, if ministers don't do as asked while they are in power, they don't get invited to sit on the boards of these companies after their parliamentary term finishes. The offer of a cluster of board positions for upwards of £10,000 a time for 5 afternoons a year is why ministerial positions are so sought after, and why in so many areas the electorate feels disempowered. Until that changes, nothing will.

  • Graham J B Leney / 27 February 2016

    Specifics are more useful the those not in the know , such as what alternative fuels and comparisons . You open the interest , here , yet too short a story , I feel .

  • Matthew Mow / 26 February 2016

    It's all baloney, there's no free lunch. In the UK, you get ripped off by everyone, government or private entrepreneurs alike.

  • Geoff / 26 February 2016

    People buy big cars because they look nice, i myself would prefer a ford mustang but i cant afford it so im happy for now with my corsa true not as exciting but a whole lot more fun and safer to drive than my girlfriends fiat 500 ( which is the worst car ive ever driven) i think everyone should pay a flat rate tax that way the government have a solid income for maintaining the roads.

  • Aji / 26 February 2016

    the road tax is to maintain roads keep its standard ,doesn't matter it is a Astin or corsa , people pay the vat when they buy the car according to its value . an expensive car doesn't make any difference to the road compare to a cheaper car ,charging them differently is not fare system.
    you don't want loose your precious car when you become a pensioner or lose your job ,do you ?

  • Richard Smith / 26 February 2016

    So it's not an article about paying no tax, it's an article about reducing a particular tax. The headline is a lie.

  • Stuart / 26 February 2016

    So is it worth getting a used Merc comfortable car say diesel and what would the tax be / insurance ? As supposed to a maybe Vaxhall Corsa 1.3 diesel ????

  • Alan gigg / 22 February 2016

    I have an '07 BMW Z4M and have to pay nearly £500 per year, despite the car being nearly 10 years old. Whereas you will be able to buy a new Aston martin and pay £140 per annum after five years!!! Where's the justice in that?

  • James Wyllie / 22 February 2016

    Road tax should be bought when you buy fuel, so the tax is directly coupled to fuel used. Some people have big cars but do small mileages, and some people with small cars do large mileages, so anomalies are levelled out.

  • Barbara Stephenson / 22 February 2016

    I have to drive an automatic car after having my left leg amputated. I looked for a small car and bought a Hyundai i10. The road tax was well over £100 a year which after driving a FIAT 500 which was £30 a year was a bit of a shock. Are there any small automatic cars with cheaper road tax?

  • Phil Turnbull / 21 February 2016

    What about classic cars Andy? Cheap to insure no road tax needed on vehicles made before 1 January 1975 (known as ‘historic vehicles’) and no MOT needed on a pre 1960 vehicle.

    Look after them and they appreciate in value and can even be hired out for film work giving a nice revenue stream to boot. Not forgetting the the other advantage they are simple to maintain by anyone who has a modicum of common sense and there are no complicated components or electronic systems to fail needing specialist expensive dealership attention and equipment to 'repair'.

    But all of the above will fall on deaf ears if if they cannot or will not get their hands dirty and have never even changed a wheel but phone the AA to do it for them. These people are doomed to rely on others to service their expensive toys with built in planned obsolescence and remain wage slaves until they drop.

  • russ burgess / 19 February 2016

    The whole thing is a rip off!!!! until the roads are to a better standard than a 3rd world country why should i have to pay £230 a year to run a 1.8 petrol. Tax should be on fuel and stop ripping us off. Oh and fix the roads

  • john wilson / 18 February 2016

    well wouldn't it be simpler to scrap tax altogether and put it on fuel but if price falls so should the tax if it goes up tax should remain the same at the lower level that's my views but not every bodies cup of tea the chancellor of the exchequer

  • Jeff / 16 February 2016

    Many congratulations on your amazing ability to state the obvious. Have you thought of taking your gift into the tawdry world of retail? I think you would have a great future.

  • norman collier / 16 February 2016

    I can't believe what a moaning lot we are . Why would anyone in their right mind want to drive one of these horrible little cars to save a few quid that is needed to run the country . Just pay what you need to and get on with it or do what some do don't pay anything at all . There are enough low emission cars on the road , blocking up middle lanes on motorways and slowing me down when I'm in a hurry so please no more .

  • Paul Phillips / 16 February 2016

    It all seems to change in 2017, with zero emission vehicles qualifying for zero road tax. My car costs me £20 for 108g/km emissions at the moment, but the same car will cost seven times as much if registered under the new system. As for cars which are Band A, under 100g/km which are free now, they also have to pay the new rate. Most cars will start at £140 in their second year, but higher emissions mean a huge increase. Personally, I'm going electric in the future if I buy a new car, or I'll buy one registered before 1 Jan 1973 which qualifies for Historic Vehicle rate of zero.

  • darren / 16 February 2016

    How to pay no tax on your car for life! misleading...... In order for me not to pay tax on my car i have to buy a brand new car. YEAH WE ALL CAN AFFORD BRAND NEW CARS.......... Useless piece of info........

  • tony porter / 15 February 2016

    I have a classic Rover which I do not need to tax for it was registered before 1973, it has a big engine and just passes the emission test each year with a bit of tweaking. I have another which is a 1.6 escort registered in 1978 which costs £235 to tax, this law is crazy.

  • David L / 9 February 2016

    When is the government going to go after the Diesel Manufacturers and Importers who have blatantly defrauded the exchequer, by allowing over polluting cars to claim they are saints, and pay little tax. Is the owner of a diesel going to have to pay the correct tax in future?

  • Jerry Bushell / 9 February 2016

    People may whinge about road tax and about fuel tax, but the truth is that most people don't need the power & size of the cars they have. Indeed many people don't need to own a car at all. It is simply more convenient to have one readily available.
    Drive down any suburban street & you'll find it absolutely full of parked cars. What are they doing there? Well when you see them they're unused. In fact they're blocking up the road. If instead of being cars they were maybe skips or dustbins people would complain, but somehow we have been conditioned to accept that cars should be left & we even demand that we should have a "right" to park them on the road outside our own houses. Now think of them as if they were small buildings. How much per square metre would a building in such a prime location cost?
    What's the alternative? As a form of transport cars are brilliant & they provide for moving people & goods that would be impossible by any other means. But the reason other means are so difficult is that cars are so good. But if our cars are kept permanently on the street they become somebody else's problem, untl an adverse incident happens - maybe somebody damages them. Then we moan & complain. But who left the thing in everybody else's way? The truth is that it is not just the motorist who pays for the convenience of having a car. Everybody else also pays a high price for this convenience, whether that cost is the visual blight on our urban streets, loss of amenity space, poorer public transport & more expensive delivery services, or simply the damage to our own homes & health by pollution. I'm not arguing that nobody should have a car, far from it they are an absolute necessity for some, particularly the elderly & disabled. Nor am I arguing they should be priced off the roads. Then there would still be the same problems & traffic jams in the areas of urban wealth while those who actually need them would be pooerer without. Rather I am arguing that we should pay for the convenience of owning a car by taking responsibility for them.
    Now just imagine that carparking on every street throughout the country was limited to 3 hours between 5am & 9pm & no return inside an hour. So you'd be able to park outside your home between 6pm & 8am, but you'd have to shift the thing out of everybody else's way during the day when you weren't using it. So how many people who drive their cars to work & just leave them on the streets between 9am & 5pm would continue to do so if they have to leave work every 3 hours to shift them? Do I see spaces suddenly opening up where cars used to be?
    Of course you could argue that alternatives aren't viable, but that is of course the point. Alternatives aren't currently viable or as convenient. But they could be if there was the demand for them & the emptier streets to make them better. Is this beginning to make some sense?
    A few individuals have already made alternative arrangements, keeping their cars off the roads when they're not using them, car pooling, etc. Some have even found they don't really need to own cars at all. One of the best solutions I've seen was what looked like an adlut version of a kiddie's scooter with an electric motor. A guy just got off a bus & unfolded this thing from a rucksack & was off, clearly beating all the rush hour traffic. Of course I'm told these aren't legal in the UK, any more than it was legal to drive at more than a couple of miles per hour without being preceded by a pedestrian carrying a red flag just over 100 years ago. But it is quite clear that some creativity, perhaps aided by a change in the law can bring tremendous benefits.
    Anybody else prepared to find creative solutions rather than wanting & whingeing about the status quo?

  • Mr. Bilton / 5 February 2016

    Yet another unfair tax on the poor as has been proven with the volkswagen debacle it is not about emissions simply put if you cannot afford a new car you will pay car tax. Either abolish car tax as in the future it cannot be cost effective to collect it or introduce a set fee that all car users pay regardless of what vehicle you use.

  • Chris Cansfield / 4 February 2016

    I have an ancient but perfectly driveable 1.8 Ford Focus. It has just passed the MOT test for emissions and has each year so far. Despite that, I have to pay £230 for Road Tax which I think is a complete rip off considering what some gas guzzlers get away with paying under the new regime. And are they really that more efficient-I dont think so?

  • Caroline / 4 February 2016

    Road tax should be paid by all road users and the money raised from it should be reinvested into maintaining the roads, which as we all know are in a shocking state; this isn't the fault of local Government who generally maintain the roads within their county, as they have all faced huge cuts from central Government, and have to direct the funds they do have to protecting vulnerable adults and children as well as other services, so the money left for them is small. If everyone paid road tax, the money could then be diverted to and shared between local councils and ring-fenced for road repairs etc.
    People paying no road tax or only £30 a year is not helpful, especially when these so called eco cars are anything but! A Prius for example will run minimally on its battery power before switching to petrol - not at all environmentally friendly or worthy of a zero or low tax exemption - plus take into account the heaviness of those batteries, which make the car heavier, in turn making it consume more fuel; and the fact that disposing of the batteries is massively un-environmentally friendly, then this 'green car' turns out to be anything but. The same with a lot of modern cars. All packed with safety technology (fair enough) but all serving to make the car a lot heavier, which in turn makes a small engine work a lot harder and become less environmentally friendly. It's easy to join on the band wagon and all buy 'green cars', but it is questionable on how 'green' these cars really are. For example the recent 'VW scandal' shocker that made people so angry, but let's be honest, it wasn't a shock that a manufacturer massaged their figures to tick a box and meet a load of regulations, which in reality are pretty unachievable.
    Me, I'll stick to my 2 litre, 24 year old Nissan Silvia - she's still going strong, she's fun to drive, she's got character, and unlike a lot of modern cars, she's built to last - so in one sense, yes she's environmental :)

  • Pam / 4 February 2016

    I think every small car with engine of up to 1250 cc should be tax free. Electric & dual energy cars need to be reduced in price to allow people on average income to afford them. Tax those with large engines over 1600 cc to the hilt to discourage big powerful cars being bought. They don't even fit into parking spaces which haven't increased in size as the cars have.

  • david / 3 February 2016

    your article entitled "how to pay no tax on your car for life" simply tells us to buy a small car in band A. We know that already. what I want to know is how the average man can avoid tax.

  • Jerome / 29 January 2016

    I drive over 36,000 a years. The tax should be fully abolished seeing how much taxes I give away to the government through the VAT only.
    If the purpose of the tax is all about environmental concern, why don't they oblige car or more general, to motor industry to force them to make car greener, as we know they can do it?

    They won't be interested inn such thing in order to generate income to the country.

    Back home, the motorway is payable by the user ONLY, the town and country side road are in the hand of local authorities, which usually are finance by them and the government.
    One, in the government have a restrict point of view about a subject, will make sure to be signed - And that ONLY because you guys can vote without knowledge. No vote, no government!

  • Michael Hollinshead / 23 January 2016

    When I started driving, all cars paid Road tax. AND you paid the same for a mini as a Roller! All this kerfuffle over green this that and the other is nothing to do with climate change, and everything to do with filling the Chancellors coffers! That simple. Like virtually everything on sale in the UK today, it's at rip-off prices. If the Gov't was REALLY after changing all our habits, they would start by banning cigarettes and probably, strong alcohol. Why haven't they? They'd lose an absolute fortune in Alcohol and Tobacco taxes, not to mention the VAT! We are all cash cows, like it or not.

  • Martin Pedler / 21 January 2016

    Why do we have to pay "road tax" at all when we have the worst roads in Western Europe. French motorists pay no tax and they have far better road surfaces than in the UK( including C roads). Tax on fuel pays for road maintenance in France, plus motorway tolls which is a fairer system. Those who use them the most pay the most.

  • Paul Turner / 20 January 2016

    I used to be firmly in the tax on fuel camp but I changed several years ago. With 3 cars in house tax on fuel would save us a fair bit of cash especially since one of the cars only does about 2000 miles a year and costs £230.


    I don't trust governments.

    I will explain.

    Just imagine say 5 years down the road the next government decides it needs to raise some cash and as always the motorist is one of the easy targets. They could decide to reintroduce a form of VED which would then increase every year thus we would be paying tax on fuel and tax in VED.

    Look at what the current government has done by abolishing the VED system where more economical cars pay less, they have replaced it with a system identical to the one we had in the 90's and before with one rate for all (with the slight exception on higher tax for expensive cars for the first 5 years).

    The new system is bad enough, lets not make it worse.

  • George Georgiou / 20 January 2016

    Your right nothing will change, unless somone start a new political party in faver of the car driver. Or we can all stop using the car one day a week to save the environment. People will always find the money to use the car even if they put up the road tax or petrol, people will still find the money to use the car. The car will always come befor anything else's becous we love our cars, more then we love our whoman. I did not mean that! Or did I!

  • Mai / 19 January 2016

    Why don't you all stop whining about the cost and charges of running a car. Just buy the car you can afford to run! Nothing's going to change by you moaning.

  • George Georgiou / 19 January 2016

    I just posted my comment were is it!

  • RBO Joker / 18 January 2016

    Those talking about taxing based on mileage seem to have overlooked the fact that 60 pence per litre of petrol and diesel is exactly that - tax. When you add VAT on top I think you'll find you're paying a lot more on fuel taxes than you are on VED. Surely the system that you crave is already the one we have in place whereby you pay more as your mileage goes up?

  • John Derek Bowen / 13 January 2016

    You forgot classic cars which are tax free, no matter what engine they have, pre 1975. Every year the date moves forward a year. Not only are they tax free, they are an investment as they continually increase in value, are already made so there is no new carbon footprint in manufacture as there is with these new vehicles being manufactured that use loads of energy in manufacture. It's called recycling/upcycling!

  • reece / 12 January 2016

    I mean obviously if I can get a carwith zero road tax alls good but... I dont see why all vehicles shouldn't pay something... You all want the roads looked after...

  • a g calcutt / 8 January 2016

    If you were being serious about being GREEN the tax would be levied on petrol, diesel or any fuel used This has the benefit of costing more for higher mileage on a pro-rota basis together with costing more for larger engine cars - as they use more fuel than smaller engined cars.
    Vehicle duty can still be maintained at a small flat rate to identify who owns what car etc

  • Dave S / 8 January 2016

    I agree with G Ashby , I don't drive more than 4,000/5,000 miles a year but pay £250 a year Tax , Surely this should be a lot less than people driving 12,000 +

  • G Ashby / 7 January 2016

    I drive a 2lite petrol car and do less than 5,000 miles a year so why should I pay more road tax than someone who does 30,000 miles a year.
    The less I use my car the less I should pay and more I use my car the more I should pay. Surely is would make people use there car less. Those who drive diesel should think about this, it does not help people with lung illness like COPD with all the partical dust they produce.

  • Nimrod / 7 January 2016

    Just do like most don't pay the tax or insurance or mot. It's cheaper

  • A.Walters / 7 January 2016

    Why bother? Get the car that suits you best. Running costs come nowhere near cost of public transport, and the more in your family the greater the saving, plus the great advantage of convenience. Eg, Try shopping by bus with two toddlers, push chair and related items. My sympathies with those who have to, but car wins hands down always.

  • Mr C.F.Pooley / 5 January 2016

    I have a two litre car and pay more road tax than a two'five litre Transit van and I have a particulate filter as well

  • Kevin price / 3 January 2016

    I think road tax should be paid on every car using the roads and should go back to engine size ....what happens if everyone had a car with free road tax ,the roads are full of pot holes already where will the money come from then to maintain our roads ....if your using the highways you should pay towards them .

  • Ade / 1 January 2016

    The roads around Cheshire are terrible, road tax is to fix the roads? I cannot drive 300 yards without going over a bump or down a hole in the road

  • Archie York / 30 December 2015

    If you pay your car tax by direct debit they charge you a 5% levy so you don't save an Extra few quid!

  • Gary hudson / 28 December 2015

    The government's will never allow us to go Green environmentally . The revenue lost would be unfundable for them to pursue there pro war agendas . Fuel equals power and money to governments , hybrid cars cost a fortune, electric cars where do you charge them up , I bought a diesel when they supposed to be better for the world , now diesel is what Satan drives.

  • col / 26 December 2015

    what about the ripped off van owners who just do a little local mileage every year! and not massive big mileage, surely should be based on miles travelled if Government using pollution as an excuse to punish little guys trying to keep their head above water struggling to find enough work every week to even be driving the van. And cannot ever afford to buy a new one!

  • Bill Hansen / 25 December 2015

    It is a known fact that a new diesel powered car pollute heavily from start and not run in, and economical, before it reaches 10k miles. My citroen C3 is 11 years old. Mpg is now around 50mpg on local runs and on longer runs can achieve up to 60mpg. When new could just manage from Glasgow to Preston on a tank. Now I am about 500 miles per tank. Dealers figures are on run in engines and under controlled conditions.

  • Richard / 22 December 2015

    I bought a 2007 Lexus IS250 7 years ago with 3500 miles on the clock. The car has now done only 25000 miles, that's around 3000 miles a year. The annual road tax is circa £500. I have been retired for a year now, the car spends more time on the drive than ever before but still requires the annual £500 tax.
    I ask this simple question?
    Who is the biggest polluter me or a person driving a car for example a Mondeo, either diesel or petrol usually doing above 20000 miles a year?
    These cars are favoured by fleet users because of their low emissions? and hence the lower tax bracket.
    I think Vehicle Excise Duty should be abolished and replaced by an Excise on fuel, so the burden will fall on the people who pollute the most by driving the most and will pay the most.
    This will have many benefits, Duty will be easier for the government to recover, people will modify their driving habits to save fuel, manufactures will develop leaner more fuel efficient engines. As I see this its a win win situation however there will always be the naysayers of this world, usually the ones who have been manipulating the system for years, whilst we sit on our hands and end up paying the price.

  • William / 21 December 2015

    @Anthony Field it's all designed to make it harder and harder to own an old car or any car for years and years, they are comercially trying to make you scrap that car and 'consume' by buying an new environmentally friendly car....come on wake up.
    I used to own an old M reg Citroën 1.9 turbo diesel and I used to run it on used veg oil, as a consequence at mot time it's emissions where next to nothing and technically put it into the zero emissions tax band, but I still had to pay £220 a year....that was the big reason why I gave up on cars and switched to my love of motorbikes.
    It's all fixed by government's all over the world they need the sale's of cars as an industry tool but the way oil is going and the now real push for climate change, you might just see a positive push for cheaper more responsible transportation. If only the world would research HHo or Brown's gas more seriously, but then that may lead to the resource of water having a value on financial the markets and that would mean water as a comodity.....

  • William / 21 December 2015

    Get a motorbike, ved for me is less than £40 a year and I have far more fun than you lot in you silly metal boxes...

  • John Johnson / 15 December 2015

    I pay no road tax or petrol in my nissan Leaf, the cost of charging the car up,is minium (£2.50). However I pay £120 per year on my 1.6 Citroën which is 12 years old.

  • Anthony Field / 12 December 2015

    I own and drive a 1994 Vauxhall Cavalier with a 2 Litre Petrol Engine. The vehicle is maintained in peak condition and my June 2015 MOT exhaust test emissions ( carried out at approx. 2500 rpm) were very low - CO at 0.08% (limits set at 0.20%) and HC at 19 ppm (limits set at 200ppm) Lamda at 1.012 limits 0.97 to 1.03. Also low on idle testing too. I am therefore being heavily penalised with an annual £230. Bearing in mind the recent Volkswagen emissions and the fact that diesel fuel/engines is inherently 'dirty' in respect of its toxic releases. Surely a more fair comparison is required and submission of good reports/readings should carry some form of rebate. Zero and ultra low road fund licencing is a nonsense as all legal vehicles use the highways and should contribute to maintaining them with spiralling vehicle ownership. Perhaps scrapping it altogether, as has been suggested many times in the last 30 years, and taxing fuel according to its dirt factor is now the only fair solution. Common sense is required here.

  • Max / 10 December 2015

    What a stupid article,
    This is just telling you what the current vehicle tax rate is, its not doing anything helpful.
    Buy a vehicle with lower emissions and you pay less, get one that does not have low emissions pay more.

    FFS find something useful out and post it.

  • trevor sharples / 8 December 2015

    As road tax is going to rise to £140 minimum from April 2017 anyway, this articleis pointless.

  • Harry / 5 December 2015

    I always had a niggle in back of my mind , the road tax was for repair and maintenance of the road so why should other things should be the factor because both cars will inflict same damage to the road regardless of it's emission. BTW I know the environment is important but when you have large motor you already use more fuel and more fuel means more tax on it, so what is the whole point of road tax?

  • Margaret Hunt / 2 December 2015

    I thought it said you pay no more car tax for life. Instead it says you pay no more car tax for life (of A car!) What about us poor car owners with an excellent emissions record but older cars

  • paul cooper / 18 November 2015

    As road tax is supposedly to maintain and improve the road system why should the electric/hybrid cars be zero rated as they use the road system too

  • John Bull / 15 November 2015

    Simplistic for dummies

  • Phil Drackley / 27 October 2015

    This article is nothing to do with the title you have given it. You cannot make your car tax-free, unless you are disabled and reclassify it as a disability vehicle. This article is about replacing your car with a tax free one.

  • Gerald / 6 October 2015

    Cyclists should be taxed, they think they are being environmentally friendly but in actual fact they produce much more carbon dioxide than walkers & huge volumes of methane come out of their exhaust.

  • Chris / 3 October 2015

    Veg oil does not equal zero emissions. Hydrocarbons burning = CO2 exhaust.

    Sorry Ken.

  • Ken / 2 October 2015

    My mercedes 190d runs on veg oil with zero emissions, should it be VED ROAD TAX free??

  • Mr Decent / 24 June 2015

    Hi. I bought my 4X4 four years ago which is now 9 years old. It's actually in the higher tax band. I found that paying the full amount up front was ok but a bind each year. So for the government to allow us big users to spread the cost over the 12 and lose probably a quarter tank cost I think it's money well spent. I need my seven seats for the family, I do football, birthday and other recreational runs all year round so a large unit is better than us using two smaller cars. Work it out either we as a 5 + the in-laws paying for two cars would not be cost effective.
    I've been looking around for a better environmental large car but for 1, the prices paying a monthly £300/400 per month and running cost is literally out of my bracket 2, the space not the same and 3, they are now saying that even though you have a newer diesel car it' doesn't mean the Gov wont hike up or restrict that tax band too. I will be changing probably to newer car but will again will have no choice but to purchase a 4/5 year old unit probably another XC90.

  • alan mcdonald / 18 June 2015

    Way back in time, bands of road tax were abolished ,by someone with a brain, this idiocy was brought back by the nasty little so called man Brown, and is still being used by the current lot of idiots . Just returned from our daughters house ,in France ,very rural but the roads are great ,no road tax only tolls ,if you choose to use these roads ,you pay but in all the time we were there despite many hours travelling we paid nothing ..As for all this green shit ,I have no time for it, always liked large cars ,learnt to drive and passed my test at 17 in a Humber Super Snipe, 1949 vintage 4086 cc, my current car a two litre old but very fast ,hate changing till my son a mechanic insists that I must get rid, got rid of my last one a Mercedes when it was 25 years old sorry to see it go, costs me £230 but like room and the relaxed cruising ,apart from plods bloody cash cameras ,that a decent sized car gives.

  • Ronnie / 10 June 2015

    Great idea

  • Roy Pogson / 9 June 2015

    V.E.D is very unfair.Why should I pay £205 a year for a Megan that does 3000 miles a year, when thousands of zero rated vehicles use the roads for free.How much is the government loosing in lost revenue .Surely a flat rate of £100 per car would a lot fairer.

  • margaret Clark / 4 June 2015

    once again the poorest people who have to run older cars end up paying more than richer people with new cars that use the roads five times more in miles per year. ugh!

  • Syd Sausage / 4 June 2015

    Well I don`t pay any car tax at all, and my car is so cheap to run, as it runs on orange juice
    I also get mor MPG by attaching lots of sausages to the back back bumper

  • Michael A Hird / 31 May 2015

    I don't know what band my car falls into but it is a year old Honda Civic and costs 145£ per year to tax ! Mike Hird Lincoln

  • Austin / 30 May 2015

    You've missed the best tax avoidance method . It's buy a classic car in excellent condition, and it will be far far cheaper to run than a new small car. Cars of 25 years +are eligible, and as this is a rolling system new vehicles appear each year.
    Reliability, is not a problem as some people seem to think, and as these cars have far less electronic gizmo s are much cheaper to maintain.
    Fuel consumption is on a par with newer cars which never achieve the figures we are led to believe we should get.
    If you only do small non motorway driving something like a Morris 1000 would suit you well, and one will give you a lifetime of service,thanks to an abundance of spares.Also, it should slowly gain in value.

  • Tony Gunn / 29 May 2015

    It may be ok to use the A band for short journeys but to visit friends in north Germany I think I will keep my K band car that does decent litres per 100Km and can cruise at 130MPH. Until electric cars can recharge in the same time it takes me to refuel, i'll keel to liquid fuel

  • John Crockford / 28 May 2015

    I had my 2ltr Megane converted in 2009 to LPG/petrol.
    I only use the petrol to start and warm the engine prior to the LPG automatically kicking in.
    I had the conversion to reduce my footprint with a by-product of using ½ price fuel.
    Most people's reaction to this statement would be "yer right", but I proved this by having solar panels installed on my roof.
    I was a touch annoyed when, after having the conversion, I was only given a £10 reduction in road tax even though my vehicles fumes were very much reduced, down to as little as an "A" rated car. So my concerns about my footprint were fulfilled, but not my pocket.

  • Jack tibet / 24 May 2015

    What rubbish is this , this bloke needs to go and & get a job in mc Donald's

  • Rob M / 21 May 2015

    So then a Hydrogen powered car that hovers and doesn't need roads???

  • Rob M / 21 May 2015

    What if I convert to a HHO kit with negligible emissions ??? Can I get free road tax?

  • Charles Griffiths / 15 May 2015

    Mr Webb, I don't know what universe you're living in, but your sub-title (Motoring might be cheap now,) bears no truth to the reality. Motoring - whatever method you employ - is damned expensive, in purchase, insurance, tax, depreciation, maintenance, repairs, MoT and fuel, to say nothing of parking fees and accidents - all of which go up year on year. Most of the savings you mention are nonsense, because they are beyond the scope of most average earners who cannot afford the latest models, and don't want to run around in a potentially dodgy 2nd-hand banger. In rural areas, alternative fuels like gas and hook-up electrics are things usually only available in the cities, so the additional cost (for the very few that actually buy them) is just not worth the hassle or the supposed saving. No matter what vehicle people buy, the government will always find a way to hit them. If anyone should find the perfect means of using water (oxygen and hydrogen) to power an engine, you can bet that the government would impose a very heavy levy. That won't happen of course, because the oil giants would buy the rights to the use of water power, and keep it a secret! I sold my car 15 years ago and went back to motorcycling because I believed it was cheaper. I can tell you now that it isn't. I can certainly get free parking (for the moment), but by the time I pay for helmet, boots, gloves, clothing, tax (according to engine size), servicing etc etc, I could get a decent car for the same money! Travel? I probably get less mileage per gallon than most cars (around 60mpg on a straight run), but if I want to go abroad, I pay up to five times more than any car + five people. My bike is a modern mid-size cruiser of 650CC and cost (last year) £10,000. When you add it all up, motoring is NOT cheap.
    You obviously thought you knew your subject. I suspect you know a lot less than you think, and while I have no wish to be rude, what you have published is nothing short of general claptrap. There is always a cost to saving money; chat about it with your bank or local garage, and you don't always get what you pay for!

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  • skidpan / 13 May 2015

    "Car tax in the UK is a disgrace and an unfair joke, All based on the biggest lie of the century, totally illegal way of ripping off uk drivers with over complex bullshit based on emissions"
    How can anyone be stupid enough to bother typing such nonsense. I have had a band C car since 2008 and have saved a fortune on VED. I have discs back to the 1970's and I was paying £15 for 4 months back in 1975 so how is the current system bad.
    Choose your car carefully and pay less.

  • Alan C. / 13 May 2015

    I bought my Honda Insight since 2001 and have not paid any road tax since.

  • Jack / 12 May 2015

    It would be very helpful if someone published a list of cars that are zero rated . I'm in the throws of buying new and it very differcult to sort this out

  • Gunter / 11 May 2015

    By a good classic car and keep it in tip top condition. £0 car tax. You have a lot of choice
    Early Mustangs, Plymouth Roadrunner, MGB's, TR5, BMW 2002ti, Austin Maxi, Austin Cambridge, Ford Zephyr, VW Beetle, VW Thing the list goes on and on and on.

  • Annoyed / 10 May 2015

    Still cannot see any benefit of the new system except that of increasing government revenue by making things more difficult for the ordinary person.

  • neiltus rebel / 8 May 2015

    Car tax in the UK is a disgrace and an unfair joke, All based on the biggest lie of the century, totally illegal way of ripping off uk drivers with over complex bullshit based on emissions, it is unbelievable how shitheads in the UK government blatantly are on a mission to wind people up and make it so complex that it is just a revenue raiser for the DVLA thieves and all the other scammers that use the motorist as a cash cow.

  • susanna wheatley / 5 May 2015

    Very useful site. It would be great if you had a full list of those cars which are bands a, b or c though with their engine capacity and cost.

  • Terence Welsh / 4 May 2015

    Having just bought a new vehicle which Zero rated it is doubtful that this will be the case for much longer. The UK government, namely the DVLA are as a result of people like myself buying lower emission vehicles are loosing revenue to the tune of 1.2 billion pounds.
    We were also led to believe diesel was more environmentally acceptable, now the reverse appears to be the view and a campaign to target diesel is about to emerge.
    Diesel being the first choice of Trains,Buses,Commercial vehicles,farming and plant equipment, not to mention taxies. The private motorist is but a small proportion of that.
    Having been bullied and conditioned by Government to buy modern technology, it appears to be still my fault pollution levels are what they claim and need to do more through my pocket.

  • Alan Smith. / 4 May 2015

    Electric cars will not be an option for most owners as there is likely to be an extremely poor second hand market due to prospective expensive battery renewals. The same will apply to diesel vehicles but with the impending extra charges for Nitrogen Dioxide emissions they may become more expensive to run, despite their better fuel efficiency. That leaves a choice of petrol and LPG or petrol/LPG/electric hybrids which as some one has already commented on, the manufacturers do not seem to have considered. Although the diesel/electric hybrids would be the best for efficiency you would still be left with the Nitrogen dioxide problem. That doesn't leave much of a choice really unless you want to go back to steam and even then our politicians would find a way to mess things up.

  • Andrew Kapherr / 3 May 2015

    If you or your partner are registered as disabled, the vehicle driver can apply for car tax exemption. This can be a considerable saving for an old "dirty" car or campervan.

    You must be driving as the disabled person or on his or her behalf.

  • Andrew Kapherr / 3 May 2015

    Car tax savings are largely a red herring as the biggest single cost of running a modern car is its depreciation.

    Wow, I've saved £80 on my car tax on a new £18000 car but it has depreciated by about £6000 or more the moment I drive it out of the showroom!

  • / 2 May 2015

    If you want cheap motoring buy a 1.4 car that runs on LPG , only !
    Don't get suckered into an electric car the insurance will kill you as will the battery packs ,a small electric Peugeot 206 battery pack will set you back anywhere between £5000 /£7000 ,hybrids cost a fortune to service and the batteries are on a lease basis so they decide when they need changing .

    All you need is a car that has a diesel generater to supply electricity to the electric motor but you won't see that one being made for the public because its to simple !

  • / 2 May 2015

    The public got conned by the government into buying diesels ,they gave tax concessions but put the price of diesel up to get more tax revenue they told the public CO2 was a lot less than petrol cars so when they got the public hooked onto diesels they then changed the game and said that diesels produce harmful NXO so if you own a diesel it will cost you £20 to go into a clean air zone more for a parking permit and higher parking charges ,
    The EEC is now fineing the UK for not having EURO CAT 6 Particulte filters on their diesels ,and that's another billion £ tax story !
    Just wanted to share !

  • / 2 May 2015

    Just buy a small popular model and clone the plates

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