UK Car Tax Bands
Please click here if you are looking to pay your road tax
The UK government has recently announced changes to the car tax system. We have updated this page to show the implications of these changes. You may also wish to take a look at Petrol Prices in your area.
Which Tax Band is Your Car in?
Use the form below to find out your car CO2 emissions, and hence which car tax band you are in.
The following table shows the new car tax bands that are in force. Note that all cars built after 2001 will be subject to these new car tax rules
Car Road Tax Details
From 2009 the highest car tax band will be M with a standard charge of £440 a year, going up to £455 in 2010. However if you buy your car in 2010 you have to pay the 'first year' car tax rate which is £950 for a car in the M car tax band.
Fuel duty is also due to go up 2p a litre in October, but this is in line with inflation.
The following table shows previous UK Car Road Tax bands for 2006-2009, along with some common cars that are in each band. As you can clearly see the more environmentally friendly your car is the chear you car tax will be!
The old Car Tax system is shown below :
Car Tax Group
Car Carbon Emissions
Typical Car in
|C||121-150g/km||£100||£115||£120||Ford Focus (diesel)|
|D||151-165g/km||£125||£140||£145||Mini One hatchback 1.6 (petrol)|
|E||166-185g/km||£150||£165||£170||For Mondeo 1.8i (petrol)|
|F||186-225g/km||£190||£205||£215||Freelander 2.0 diesel|
|G||>225g/km||£210||£300||£400||Jaguar X type 2.0|
Source: Department of Transport
* Add £10 for a diesel car in bands B, C, D and E and £5 for a diesel car in bands F and G.
The idea behind the Car Tax Band is to try to financially punish big car drivers to force them to buy more environmentally friendly cars. However you have to questions whether a £210 a year Car Road Tax bill is going to put someone off spending thousands of pounds on their new petrol guzzling, Carbon Dioxide beltching Porshe will really care about an extra couple of hundred pounds worth of tax?
You will probably also be interested in petrol prices in your area
Due to the number of comments on this page/topic we have moved further discussion to the forum.
"The only way to reduce the number of cars on the road is to increase the tax. Put it up to £1,000. We have 2 cars at present but could not afford/justify the second one at that level, so it works. Everyone should pay the same irrespective of mileage. If you think this is unfair I would compromise by charging Toyota Yaris/ EcoSaddo drivers another 20% and adding 3 points on their licence for offences to style and decency. PS. I drive an ST220 and do 30K pa."
"I for one will not be voting Labour again, thanks to the cost of Petrol and the hike in car tax my old grand Vitara is worth less. These new car tax codes should be linked to new cars not back dated this must be illegal. Range Rover sport man who can afford a £50K car wont be put off by an extra £200 a year. Labour looks after the rich while bashing the working man. "
"Let\'s knock this stupidity on the head and just use the fuel tax system to raise money. Much fairer to everyone with no arbitrary limits. And then we can use the space on the windscreen to display an insurance disk instead!"
"Mmmm....not rocket science is it. Who is going to vote for this government after they way it milks us dry. Do they spend it all on green issues....do they heck.....it\'s just a great excuse to tax us even more. Several thousand years ago you could walk from England to Europe without getting your feet wet. However the ice melted flooding the channel and cut us off.....must have been all of those cave men with their high c02 polluting flintstone cars!"
"The page could do with the prices for pre-Y reg cars that are just taxed in the old style, not on emissions. As for the taxation, it is a bit daft to say the least, I will not get ranty or political and I agree with the principal that polluter pays. In effect a tax disc for pollution is pointless, a parked car is not polluting so surely we should only pay as we drive? The easiest way is tax on fuel. A gas guzzler that is hardly used will pay very little and a small family run-about that does many more miles will end up paying more pollution tax as more fuel is bought. Surely this is more equitable? "
"Drago is spot-on. The government are simply using CO2 emissions as an excuse for raising tax to preposterous levels. They have no idea on how to tackle the problem of increased traffic, except to price people off the road (and rake in the money, of course). "
"Gordon and his cronies want shooting. Abolish car tax now! we pay more than any other country for everything already!!
Price of fuel is rampaging out of control, soon no one will be able to afford to get to work!"
"CO2 is surely related to mpg, yet I spotted 2 cars with same mpg. one is band B the other band K. Whats all that about?"
"this government is supposed to be a socialist government, but i am afraid they do not know what this means they are just conservatives wearing red ties, as all they seem to want to do is ruin the working people of this country"
"i drive a 1.8 picasso doing 6500 miles a year why should i pay the same road tax as someone doing 20000-25000 miles a year "
"The govt will be ****** itself when our purchasing power will be dramatically reduced after all their funny taxes on everything. I think they shall cut back their expenditure rather then putting extra pressure on workman"
"I have just received the renewal for my rover 600 and the £185 I have been quoted isn't on the chart above. I think they just think of a number and double it."
"what a load of crap this goverment won't be happy until we are all going round on pushbikes lets see all politicians driving micras what we need is a UPRISING THERE MOTTO GIVE US YOUR MONEY & SHUT UP"
"I think it is awful that you are punishing some of us who rely on our 4 wheel drives to get us through the day as we live in rural areas. Without my old toyota 4 by 4- i certainly cannot afford a new one by any stretch of the imagination- we would be trapped in bad weather or snow. I have a very poorly child who has regular hospital visits and who would probably have not been with us now were it not for my truck getting us through bad weather conditions to get him to our nearest hospital. Its a disgrace to charge me 185 pounds for my years tax. Why dont you pick on people who use cars they dont actually need not people like me who rely on ours."
"Interesting - you say Jaguar X Type 2.5 Manual Saloon = Band G = £400 road tax April 08. I have just taxed mine 01.04.08 = Band F = £210!! Someone needs to check their figures...................."
"The biggest blag on planet earth, yet as always the sheep will conform to the new tax rules thinking it helps the environment, has the government ran out of money or something? Wake up sheep!"
"How does £200 on a high co2 producing car balance against £0 for a low co2 producing car when the mileage isn't taken into consideration. Cancel the tax and put it on fuel, that way the tax hits the usage, more miles driven - more tax!!!"
"The Citron C4 picasso emits 159gram/carbon per km. I'm not sure where you got 115 from?"
"If you think that raising the price of fuel and tax on cars has got anything to do with the environment, then you must as dumb as the rest of the peasants. If you think that Porsche owners can't afford to run their cars at any price then you should get out a bit more. If you want to do something about the rising numbers of vehicles on the roads then you have to stop parents giving 17 year old children cars as toys. People should learn responsibility and support society before they can pollute."
"A 2 ltr picasso in NOT going to emit 115g CO2 !!! that would make it less than the 119g fiesta Tdci 1.4 I think youll find you are wrong"
"The information in the vehicles section does not match the values in the general table.(ie.rates for each band). Also no information for older models. Very confusing."
"very usefull thanks"
"no rover section so i was unable to find my taxation bracket"
"information incorrect for my car 2ltr picasso is ?115 not ?140"