Car tax bands 2013-14
'Car tax', also known as 'road tax' and formally known as Vehicle Excise Duty, is based either on a CO2 emissions or on engine size.
For cars registered since March 2001, car tax rates are based on thirteen car tax bands (A to M), each band being defined by a range of tailpipe CO2 emissions as measured on the official test.
- Car tax bands 2013-14 for cars registered since 2001
- Car tax rates 2013-14 for cars registered before 2001
- Search for cars by tax band
Updated to reflect changes announced in Budget 2013.
Car tax bands 2013-14 – cars registered since March 2001Return to top
The rates shown are for 01 April 2013 to 31 March 2014 as announced in Budget 2013.
For cars registered since 1st March 2001, car tax is now based on one of thirteen CO2 bands (A to M).
Tax band A applies to cars with CO2 emissions of up to and including 100 g/km. Bands B to L apply to CO2 emissions of 101 to 255 g/km, with each band covering a 10-30 g/km range. The highest band M applies to cars with emissions of over 255 g/km.
A 'first year' tax rate applies to new cars during the first year of ownership with a 'standard rate' payable from the second year onwards – current rates are shown in the table below.
Cars in tax bands A to D are zero-rated in their 'first year'. Cars in bands E to G pay the same 'first year' rate as the 'standard rate'. New cars in bands H to M pay a higher 'first year' rate, up to a maximum 'first year' rate of £1065.
As well as battery electric cars being exempt from paying car tax, some alternatively fuelled cars (including hybrids and LPG cars) are also given a small £10 discount on both 'first year' and 'standard' rates.
|First year rate
|First year rate
|A||Up to 100 g/km||£0||£0||£0||£0|
|M||Over 255 g/km||£490||£1065||£480||£1055|
Car tax rates 2013-14 – cars registered before March 2001Return to top
For cars registered before March 2001, CO2 emission data is generally less available. As a result, car tax is charged according to engine size as measured in cubic centimeters or 'cc'.
Current rates for cars in this category are £135 for engines up to 1549cc and £220 for engines of 1550cc or larger – see table below.
|VED Band||Engine capacity (cc)||All car types
|N/A||Up to 1549 cc||£140|
|N/A||Over 1549 cc||£225|
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