Car tax changes ‘should not’ be introduced years later to charge motorists more, says AA

Car tax changes ‘should not’ be introduced years later to charge motorists more, says AA

Car tax updates should not be introduced years later which will affect petrol and diesel car owners years after purchasing their car, says the AA. Mr King said changes should only be applied to new cars so that those who purchased their cars in good faith were not affected. 

He compared car tax changes to the diesel situation and claimed motorists should not be penalised later down the line. 

Speaking to, the President said: “None of these changes should be retrospective. 

“If someone bought a petrol or diesel car, whatever the vehicle, using good faith and they knew what the tax was. 

“It is not right of the government to go back some time later and disproportionately charge them more. 

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VED rates will be completely removed for electric car owners as the final £320 charge for cars over £40,000 has been removed. 

However, updates to how car tax emissions are calculated are likely to boost many vehicles into higher tax bands. 

The new WLTP system is more accurate than the previous NEDC scores which will see vehicles register as having higher emissions than before. 

This will force many cars into a higher tax band which will see them pay more for registering a vehicle. 

Mr King said the AA would explain to the government their views ahead of a planned consultation on future VED tax charges. 

The consultation says a flat rate system introduced in 2017 has weakened the link between VED and carbon emissions and has looked for ways to change the system. 

The new guidelines could see second year charges dramatically increase based on vehicle emissions. 

However, Mr King claims any new changes should not affect used car owners and only affect new buyers. 

Speaking to, he said: “The consultation basically admits that when they changed the Vehicle Excise Duty system in 2017, they made a bit of a mistake. 

“There was a graduate system so the cleaner your car the lower your vehicle excise was and people kind of understood that. Then they went to a flat system and removed that incentive.”

He added: “Even though between the bands, it might be £30 more expensive it doesn’t sound like a lot of money over the year. The actual message it sent out did make people think and people are quite aware of what band their car was in. 

“Then they got rid of that a couple of years ago for a flat system so it sounds like on this consultation they may be thinking again. 

“Which is possibly not a bad thing but that should apply to new cars as they come on the market instead of used cars.”

Published at Wed, 08 Apr 2020 14:11:00 +0000