Car drivers hit hard by new road tax rates

Our beloved chancellor has decided to increase the number of road tax bands from 7 to 13.
Basically this means a lot of the everyday cars we see and use on the roads will be re-banded

For example my Toyota Celica current Band E for which I pay £170 per year for road tax… I couldn’t believe what I was seeing when I read that from 2009 my Celica was moving to band J meaning that I would have to pay £260 and from 2010 onwards £270 per year!

Some unlucky high band car drivers will have to pay a special rate on any new car they buy for the first year after 2010.

Once again drivers are hit hard when the government decides that I needs some more cash!

Here is the new tax banding’s that Mr Darling has released.

Tax band CO2 emissions (g/km) 2009-10 From 2010-11 Typical car % drivers
paying more
Annual Tax Annual tax ‘Showroom’ tax
A Up to 100 VW Polo Bluemotion 1.4 Tdi (diesel)
B 101-110 £20 £20 Skoda Fabia Estate Greenline (diesel)
C 111-120 £30 £35 Mazda 2 1.4 (diesel)
D 121-130 £90 £95 Kia Picanto 1.1 (petrol)
E 131-140 £110 £115 £115 Renault Clio 1.2 Quickshift (petrol)
F 141-150 £120 £125 £125 Ford Fiesta 1.2 Zetec Climate (petrol)*
G 151-160 £150 £155 £155 BMW 3 Series 2.0 320D SE (diesel)*
H 161-170 £175 £180 £250 Ford Focus 1.6 Zetec Climate (petrol)* 60%
I 171-180 £205 £210 £300 Vauxhall Zafira 1.6 Life E4 (petrol)* 100%
J 181-200 £260 £270 £425 Land Rover Freelander 2.2 TD4 GS (diesel)* 100%
K 201-225 £300 £310 £550 Peugeot 407 saloon 2.0 Auto (petrol) 100%
L 226-255 £415 £430 £750 Peugeot 807 2.0 Auto (petrol) 100%
M Over 255 £440 £455 £950 Land Rover Sport Auto 3.6 TDV8 (diesel) 100%

If you would like to see what you’ll be paying from 2009-2010 and 2010 onwards then parkers have setup a handy tax calculator