Road Tax Exemption CO2 Limits To Lower

Published Date: 29th May 2013

Motoring experts are warning that the CO2 emissions threshold for car road tax exemption could be lowered from 99g/km to 85g/km by the government. The changes could come into effect in 2016.

With such a large number of vehicles on the road now qualifying for road tax exemption achieving less than 100g/km CO2 emissions the government is losing a significant amount of revenue. A large number of fuel efficient small diesel cars and the emergence of hybrid vehicles has really helped UK motorists to reduce running costs significantly not only with free road tax but with lower insurance bands and less frequent visits to the local petrol station with excellent fuel economy achieved by newer more efficient and eco-friendly cars.

As well as looking to recoup lost revenue from the increasing number of road tax exempt vehicles on UK roads there is also the matter of EU targets to cut average CO2 emissions to 95g/km by 2020 and lowering the VED limit should encourage manufacturers to keep developing more efficient, cleaner vehicles and motorists to buy them!