New rules are coming into force, according to which drivers will pay tax on the car. Get a full release from tax will not be easy. That is what you need to know.
"How do the new rules work?"
According to the government, in the first year of car ownership the tax will be based on emissions of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, so it can vary from zero to £2 thousand.
In the second and subsequent years of ownership of a car running on gasoline and diesel fuel, the amount of tax will be £140. For hybrid cars, or cars using bioethanol or liquefied petroleum gas as fuel, the tax is £130. If the carbon dioxide emissions are zero, then the tax should not be paid.
"Did these rules not come into force last year?"
Yes. But, since last year many drivers bought a new car, it was in 2018 that they first face a tax payment for the second year.
"What changes are expected in 2018?"
Most of all, the new rules will affect drivers of cars on diesel fuel. Owners of new diesel fuel vehicles will see a tax increase from April 1st, if they cannot demonstrate compliance with the latest Euro 6 standards (an environmental standard that regulates the content of pollutants in exhaust gases) during testing.
Experts argue that the owners of the new Ford Focus in the first year will pay £20 more, while the owners of the Porsche Cayenne will have to pay additional £500.
There is also an exception: the changes apply only to passenger cars on diesel fuel, but not to vans or trucks.
"How much will drivers pay for diesel fuel in the first year?"
If the carbon dioxide emissions are zero, then the tax should not be paid. If the emissions amount to 1-50 g of carbon dioxide per km of travel, the drivers will pay £10, if 51-70 g - £25, etc. Well, if the emissions exceed 255 g, the fee will be £2 thousand.
In the second year, everyone will pay a standard tax of £140.