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

Driver standings leading up to Hockenheim

The disappointing race from Massa at Silverstone allowed both Raikkonen and Hamilton the opportunity to join him at the head of the driver standings leading up to Germany next week.

Massa 48
Raikkonen 48
Hamilton 48
Kubica 46
Heidfeld 36
Kovalainen 24
Trulli 20
Webber 18
Alonso 13
Barrichello 11
Rosberg 8
Nakajima 8
Coulthard 6
Glock 5
Vettel 5
Button 3
Bourdais 2
Piquet 2
Sato 0
Davidson 0
Sutil 0
Fisichella 0