The rate of vehicle tax for cars is based on engine size, fuel type or carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, depending on when the car was registered.

Was Your Car Registered Before 1 March 2001?

For cars registered before 1 March 2001, vehicle tax is based solely on engine capacity, with two rates of tax:

Engine Size (cc) 12 months rate 6 months rate
Not over 1549 £140.00 £77.00
Over 1549 £225.00 £123.75

Was Your Car Registered On Or After 1 March 2001?

The rate of vehicle tax is based on fuel type and CO2 emissions for cars registered on or after 1 March 2001. The rates are split into bands depending on CO2 emissions and the lower the emissions, the lower the vehicle tax.

CO2 emission details are shown on the car’s V5C registration certificate, or you can find them here: http://carfueldata.direct.gov.uk/

The following 2 tables contain the ‘standard’ rates of vehicle tax for cars that are already registered.

Petrol and Diesel Cars

Band CO2 emission (g/km) 12 months rate 6 months rate
A Up to 100 £0.00 Not available
B 101-110 £20.00 Not available
C 111-120 £30.00 Not available
D 121-130 £105.00 £57.75
E 131-140 £125.00 £68.75
F 141-150 £140.00 £77.00
G 151-165 £175.00 £96.25
H 166-175 £200.00 £110.00
I 176-185 £220.00 £121.00
J 186-200 £260.00 £143.00
K* 201-225 £280.00 £154.00
L 226-255 £475.00 £261.25
M Over 255 £490.00 £269.50

*Includes cars with a CO2 figure over 225g/km but were registered before 23 March 2006.

First year rates – cars registered on or after 1 April 2010

These rates are for a vehicle’s first tax disc when they’re first registered. All tax discs after that are charged at the rates shown in the ‘Cars registered on or after 1 March 2001’ table above.

Petrol and Diesel Cars

Band CO2 emission (g/km) 12 months rate 6 months rate
A Up to 100 £0.00 Not available
B 101-110 £0.00 Not available
C 111-120 £0.00 Not available
D 121-130 £0.00 Not available
E 131-140 £125.00 £68.75
F 141-150 £140.00 £77.00
G 151-165 £175.00 £96.25
H 166-175 £285.00 Not available
I 176-185 £335.00 Not available
J 186-200 £475.00 Not available
K 201-225 £620.00 Not available
L 226-255 £840.00 Not available
M Over 255 £1,065.00 Not available

Alternative Fuel Cars

Band CO2 emission (g/km) 12 months rate 6 months rate
A Up to 100 £0.00 Not available
B 101-110 £0.00 Not available
C 111-120 £0.00 Not available
D 121-130 £0.00 Not available
E 131-140 £115.00 £63.25
F 141-150 £130.00 £71.50
G 151-165 £165.00 £90.75
H 166-175 £275.00 Not available
I 176-185 £325.00 Not available
J 186-200 £465.00 Not available
K 201-225 £610.00 Not available
L 226-255 £830.00 Not available
M Over 255 £1,055.00 Not available

Calculate car tax

You can calculate your car tax rate here:

https://www.gov.uk/calculate-vehicle-tax-rates