New Car Road Tax (VED) Rates 2017

Published Date: 1st Aug 2016

From April 1st 2017 you will find that buying a new car will come with additional running cost because of the new road (VED) tax rates. We would encourage all those looking for a new car on the 66 Plate in September or new 17 Plate in March to get their orders in soon to avoid the incurring these additional costs. We have some great new car deals and discounts across all makes and models, so give us a call on 0161 946 3500 or enquire on your chosen car via the website.

These Figures below show the changes to the Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) for cars first registered on or after 1st April 2017. First Year Rates (FYRs) of VED will vary according to the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of the vehicle. A flat Standard Rate (SR) of £140 will apply in all subsequent years, except for zero-emission cars for which the SR will be £0. Cars with a list price above £40,000 will attract a supplement of £310 on their SR for the first 5 years in which a SR is paid. All cars first registered before 1 April 2017 will remain in the current VED system, which will not change. The new rates and bands for the post-2017VED system are set out in the table below:

New VED system - for cars registered from April 1st 2017

Emissions (g/CO2/km)

First year rate

Standard rate*





































over 255



*cars over £40,000 pay £310 supplement for 5 years

The current VED structure based on CO2 bands was introduced in 2001 when average UK new car emissions were 178 gCO2/km. The Band A threshold of 100 gCO2/km below which cars pay no VED was introduced in 2003 when average new car emissions were 173 gCO2/km. Since then, to meet EU emissions targets average new car emissions have fallen to 125 gCO2/km. This means that an increasingly large number of ordinary cars now fall into the zero- or lower-rated VED bands, creating a sustainability challenge and weakening the environmental signal in VED. This is set to continue as manufacturers meet further EU targets of 95 gCO2/km set for 2020. Additionally, the system results in significant unfairness as owners of newer cars pay little or no VED while owners of older cars generally pay higher rates.

The reformed VED system retains and strengthens the CO2-based FYRs to incentivise uptake of the very cleanest cars whilst moving to a flat SR in order to make the tax fairer, simpler and sustainable. To ensure those who can afford the most expensive cars make a fair contribution, a supplement of £310 will be applied to the SR of cars with a list price (not including VED) over £40,000, for the first 5 years in which a SR is paid.