How To Avoid The Latest Road Tax Increase Pothole

23/01/2020 11:22

How To Avoid The Latest Road Tax Increase PotholeHow To Avoid The Latest Road Tax Increase Pothole

It’s coming - like a big hole in the tarmac – road tax is set to increase soon.

Why is this happening?

There’s been some changes in assessing how eco-efficient vehicles are and subsequently how much road tax the owner is due to pay. From 1st April 2020, a more accurate way of testing vehicle CO2 emissions will be introduced for all new vehicles.

The previous testing procedure known as NEDC, was developed in the 1990s and is now outdated. The Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) is a new measuring process for determining a vehicle’s official fuel consumption, range and CO2 emissions.

WLTP has been designed to better reflect real driving conditions, to give a more accurate view of a vehicle’s emissions and fuel economy.

But how is this going to affect a new car’s road tax?

The new WLTP testing procedure has been designed to better reflect real driving conditions, to give a more accurate view of a vehicle’s emissions and fuel economy.

This change takes effect from 1st April for VED (Vehicle Excise Duty or Road Tax) and 6th April for Benefit in Kind on Company Car Tax. Because the WLTP test is more stringent, the results are more realistic and this could mean an increase in road tax for your new car.

So if you're considering buying a new Land Rover, doing so before 1st April 2020 could save you up to £960.

What’s the representative increase for the Land Rover I want?

Check what the VED increase may be after the 1st April:

Range Rover: a VED increase of up to £535

Range Rover Sport: a VED increase of up to £535

Range Rover Velar: a VED increase of up to £960

Ranger Rover Evoque: a VED increase of up to £750

Land Rover Discovery: a VED increase of up to £855

Land Rover Discovery Sport: a VED increase of up to £960

Please note: these figures are representative. Increases may be slightly different and are subject to your vehicle.

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