Car tax changes will see petrol and diesel owners ‘more affected’ as running costs rise

Car tax changes will see petrol and diesel owners ‘more affected’ as running costs rise

Car tax changes have seen owners of traditional cars pay hundreds of pounds more than previous years to keep their vehicles on the road. Updates in emissions testing rules have seen petrol and diesel vehicles recorded higher CO2 levels which has seen many cars move into higher tax brackets. 

The diesel sector recorded the highest overall rise in yearly VED with costs up a massive £423 on average. 

Petrol vehicles have also been massively affected with cost rises of £232 to put their vehicle legally on the road. 

Even the petrol hybrid market saw costs rise despite pumping fewer emissions into the atmosphere than most cars. 

The models saw a rise in yearly costs of £180 although plug in hybrid cars will only see a £6 increase.

He confirmed some sectors of the car market would be “more affected by the 2020 changes than others. 

Mr Clay said: “The combination of the introduction of WLTP and a new tax regime aimed at encouraging private drivers and fleets to make greener motoring choices has driven up costs across the board. 

“But it’s also clear that some sectors are more affected than others, which will undoubtedly drive a change in the shape of the UK car [park].

We have led industry efforts to manage the changes and worked closely with partners across the industry to ensure customers have the data they need to navigate the transition to WLTP CO2 emissions values.” 

New analysis from What Car has revealed petrol, diesel and hybrid cars are 5.4 percent less efficient than their official WLTP consumption figures. 

The worst performing cars were found to be more than 20 percent less efficient than official recordings. 

Published at Thu, 18 Jun 2020 12:31:00 +0000