Vehicle Excise Duty cost varies depending on vehicle age, list price and CO2 emissions.
- If you have bought a car registered on or after 1 April 2020, you will pay a rate based on the vehicle's CO2 emissions. If the car does not meet the RDE2 standard, you will have to pay a higher rate.
- If your car was registered between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2020, there are two different payments. The first payment is based on the official CO2 figures when the car was built, followed by an annual renewal based on the fuel type. In addition to this there is a premium for vehicles with a list price of over £40,000 of £325 a year for five years after the first year of owning the vehicle.
- If your car was first registered between 1 March 2001 and 31 March 2017, you will pay based on the car's official CO2 emissions and fuel type.
- If your car was first registered before 1 March 2001, the tax you pay will depend on the engine size.
- For cars over 40 years old, there is no tax to pay. From 1 April 2021, all cars built after 31 March 1981 are tax exempt, but still need to be registered with the DVLA.
Vehicle excise duty rates for cars from 1 April 2021
Alternative fuel car rates excluded below.
|Tax year 2021/22
|CO2 emissions (g/km)||Standard rate||First-year rate|
VED bands and rates for vans registered on or after 1 March 2001 but before 1 April 2017
Alternative fuel car rates not included below.
|Tax year 2021/22
|CO2 emissions (g/km)||Standard rate|
|Up to 100||£0|
VED bands and rates for vans registered on or after 1 March 2001
|Vehicle registration date
||Tax year 2019/20|
|Early Euro 4 and Euro 5-compliant vans||£140|
|All other vans
|Engine size||Tax year 2020/21|
|Not over 150cc||£20|
|151cc to 400cc||£43|
|401cc to 600cc||£66|