Vehicle tax rates

1. Cars and some motorhomes registered on or after 1 April 2017

You’ll pay a rate based on a vehicle’s CO2 emissions the first time it’s registered. This applies to:

Your motorhome’s included if both the following apply:

If you have a different kind of motorhome, you pay tax in a different way.

First tax payment when you register the vehicle

You have to pay a higher rate for diesel cars that do not meet the Real Driving Emissions 2 (RDE2) standard for nitrogen oxide emissions. You can ask your car’s manufacturer if your car meets the RDE2 standard.

CO2emissions (g/km) Diesel cars (TC49) that meet the RDE2standard and petrol cars (TC48) All other diesel cars (TC49) Alternative fuel cars (TC59)
0 £0 £0 £0
1 - 50 £10 £25 £0
51 - 75 £25 £110 £15
76 - 90 £110 £130 £100
91 - 100 £130 £150 £120
101 - 110 £150 £170 £140
111 - 130 £170 £210 £160
131 - 150 £210 £530 £200
151 - 170 £530 £855 £520
171 - 190 £855 £1,280 £845
191 - 225 £1,280 £1,815 £1,270
226 - 255 £1,815 £2,135 £1,805
Over 255 £2,135 £2,135 £2,125

This payment covers your vehicle for 12 months.

Rates for second tax payment onwards

Fuel type Single 12 month payment Single 12 month payment by Direct Debit Total of 12 monthly payments by Direct Debit Single 6 month payment Single 6 month payment by Direct Debit
Petrol or diesel £145 £145 £152.25 £79.75 £76.13
Electric £0 N/A N/A £0 N/A
Alternative £135 £135 £141.75 £74.25 £70.88

Alternative fuel vehicles include hybrids, bioethanol and liquid petroleum gas.

Vehicles with a list price of more than £40,000

You have to pay an extra £320 a year if you have a car or motorhome with a ‘list price’ (the published price before any discounts) of more than £40,000.

You only have to pay this rate for 5 years (from the second time the vehicle is taxed).

Check the list price with your dealer so you know how much vehicle tax you’ll have to pay.

Fuel type Single 12 month payment Single 12 month payment by Direct Debit Total of 12 monthly payments by Direct Debit Single 6 month payment Single 6 month payment by Direct Debit
Petrol or diesel £465 £465 £488.25 £255.75 £244.13
Electric £320 £320 £336 £176 £168
Alternative £455 £455 £477.75 £250.25 £238.88

2. Cars registered between 1 March 2001 and 31 March 2017

The rate of vehicle tax is based on fuel type and CO2 emissions.

CO2 emission details are shown on the car’s V5C registration certificate, or you can find emission details online.

Petrol car (TC48) and diesel car (TC49)

Band CO2emission (g/km) Single 12 month payment Single 12 month payment by Direct Debit Total of 12 monthly instalments by Direct Debit Single 6 month payment Single 6 month payment by Direct Debit
A Up to 100 £0 £0 N/A N/A N/A
B 101-110 £20 £20 £21 N/A N/A
C 111-120 £30 £30 £31.50 N/A N/A
D 121-130 £125 £125 £131.25 £68.75 £65.63
E 131-140 £145 £145 £152.25 £79.75 £76.13
F 141-150 £160 £160 £168 £88 £84
G 151-165 £200 £200 £210 £110 £105
H 166-175 £235 £235 £246.75 £129.25 £123.38
I 176-185 £260 £260 £273 £143 £136.50
J 186-200 £300 £300 £315 £165 £157.50
K* 201-225 £325 £325 £341.25 £178.75 £170.63
L 226-255 £555 £555 £582.75 £305.25 £291.38
M Over 255 £570 £570 £598.50 £313.50 £299.25

*Includes cars with a CO2 figure over 225g/km but were registered before 23 March 2006.

Alternative fuel car (TC59)

Band CO2emission (g/km) Single 12 month payment Single 12 month payment by Direct Debit Total of 12 monthly instalments by Direct Debit Single 6 month payment Single 6 month payment by Direct Debit
A Up to 100 £0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
B 101-110 £10 £10 £10.50 N/A N/A
C 111-120 £20 £20 £21 N/A N/A
D 121-130 £115 £115 £120.75 £63.25 £60.38
E 131-140 £135 £135 £141.75 £74.25 £70.88
F 141-150 £150 £150 £157.50 £82.50 £78.75
G 151-165 £190 £190 £199.50 £104.50 £99.75
H 166-175 £225 £225 £236.25 £123.75 £118.13
I 176-185 £250 £250 £262.50 £137.50 £131.25
J 186-200 £290 £290 £304.50 £159.50 £152.25
K* 201-225 £315 £315 £330.75 £173.25 £165.38
L 226-255 £545 £545 £572.25 £299.75 £286.13
M Over 255 £560 £560 £588 £308 £294

*Includes cars with a CO2 figure over 225g/km but were registered before 23 March 2006.

3. Cars and light goods vehicles registered before 1 March 2001

The rate of vehicle tax is based on engine size.

Private or light goods (TC11)

Engine size (cc) Single 12 month payment Single 12 month payment by Direct Debit Total of 12 monthly instalments by Direct Debit Single 6 month payment Single 6 month payment by Direct Debit
Not over 1549 £160 £160 £168 £88 £84
Over 1549 £265 £265 £278.25 £145.75 £139.13

4. Other vehicle tax rates

Light goods vehicles (TC39)

Registered on or after 1 March 2001 and not over 3,500kg revenue weight (also known as maximum or gross vehicle weight).

Vehicle Single 12 month payment Single 12 month payment by Direct Debit Total of 12 monthly instalments by Direct Debit Single 6 month payment 6 months by Direct Debit
Light goods vehicle £260 £260 £273 £143 £136.50

Euro 4 light goods vehicles (TC36)

Registered between 1 March 2003 and 31 December 2006, Euro 4 compliant and not over 3,500kg revenue weight.

Vehicle Single 12 month payment Single 12 month payment by Direct Debit Total of 12 monthly instalments by Direct Debit Single 6 month payment 6 months by Direct Debit
Euro 4 light goods vehicles £140 £140 £147 £77 £73.50

Euro 5 light goods vehicles (TC36)

Registered between 1 January 2009 and 31 December 2010, Euro 5 compliant and not over 3,500kg revenue weight.

Vehicle Single 12 month payment Single 12 month payment by Direct Debit Total of 12 monthly instalments by Direct Debit Single 6 month payment 6 months by Direct Debit
Euro 5 light goods vehicles £140 £140 £147 £77 £73.50

Motorcycle (with or without sidecar) (TC17)

Engine size (cc) Single 12 month payment Single 12 month payment by Direct Debit Total of 12 monthly instalments by Direct Debit Single 6 month payment 6 months by Direct Debit
Not over 150 £20 £20 £21 N/A N/A
151-400 £43 £43 £45.15 N/A N/A
401-600 £66 £66 £69.30 £36.30 £34.65
Over 600 £91 £91 £95.55 £50.05 £47.78

Tricycles (not over 450kg unladen) (TC50)

Engine size (cc) Single 12 month payment Single 12 month payment by Direct Debit Total of 12 monthly instalments by Direct Debit Single 6 month payment 6 months by Direct Debit
Tricycle not over 150 £20 £20 £21 N/A N/A
All other tricycles £91 £91 £95.55 £50.05 £47.78

Trade licences

You can get trade licences for between 6 and 12 months, depending on the month you apply.

Month you apply When the licence expires How long it’s valid for Rate of duty for all vehicles Rate of duty for bicycles and tricycles
January June 6 months £90.75 £50.05
January December 12 months £165 £91
February December 11 months £165 £91
March December 10 months £151.25 £83.40
April December 9 months £136.10 £75.05
May December 8 months £121 £66.75
June December 7 months £105.85 £58.40
July December 6 months £90.75 £50.05
August June 11 months £165 £91
September June 10 months £151.25 £83.40
October June 9 months £136.10 £75.05
November June 8 months £121 £66.75
December June 7 months £105.85 £58.40