New rules for collecting car tax: who lose and win

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.

"Will I pay more if I have an expensive car?"

Yes. From the second to the sixth year of ownership, all cars which are more expensive then 40 thousand, will cost their owners an additional £310 tax regardless of carbon emissions.

Pay attention to the fact that the final cost of the machine is taken into account. That is, if you bought an inexpensive vehicle, but along with it you got a lot of extra parts, you have to pay for it more.

It is assumed that the greatest increase in the tax will be noted by the owners of German auto brands.

Jason Lloyd, director of the Petrolprices.com website, said: "The new rules, which comes into effect in May, will bring to light the drivers of cars that emit more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than they did in the initial testing. As a result, they will pay a higher tax - up to £500 per year. If a driver removes a diesel particulate filter from a diesel engine, he will be fined in the amount of £2 thousand. It seems that it is high time for the government to close this loophole and remove extremely harmful to the environment machines from the streets or force drivers to pay a lot for the pleasure to drive such cars."

"What other rules will come into force?"

New cars must pass a fairly strict test.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders stated: "The Euro 6 environmental standards impose more stringent restrictions on machines, so that the automotive industry produces cars with ever-lower emissions that affect the environment. Diesel particulate filters filter 99% of all solids of carbon black, and now they are installed on all machines with diesel engines."

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