VED Bands 2011/2012

How much will you be paying on your car tax, or Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), in 2011/2012? That depends on how much carbon dioxide your car emits and where that places it in the VED Bands for 2011.

The latest rates for 2013/2014 can be found here.

VED Bands Explained

Last year the VED Bands were overhauled. More bands were introduced, up from seven to thirteen, and a new first year rate was introduced for new cars (dubbed the ‘showroom tax’).

How much your car tax disc costs depends on the age or carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of the car. If your car was registered before March 2001 then the tax rate will be determined by engine size. Alternatively, it will have been allocated an emissions rating according to strict EU tests and it is that figure that determines which VED band it falls into.

The first year rate only applies if you are buying the car brand new, and includes the cost of the car tax and an additional ‘green’ tax. The idea here is that buyers of iceberg-melting supercars pay a penalty when they buy the car, in theory tempting them to buy something more fuel efficient. When the time comes to renew the tax disc after a year the cost will revert to te standard rate.

As of April 2011 the rates are increasing, as they do every year. But not all rates are going up … if you’re driving around in a low emitter then you may find that your VED stays the same.

VED Tax Rates For 2011/2012

The table below shows you all of the VED bands, and allows you to compare the car tax rates from 2010/2011 with the new ones for 2011/2012 that come into effect on April 1st 2011.

Has your car tax gone up this year?

VED Band CO2 Emissions (g/km) 2011/12 standard rate 2011/12 first year rate 2010/11 standard rate
A Up to 100 0 0 0
B 101 – 110 £20 0 £20
C 111 – 120 £30 0 £30
D 121 – 130 £95 0 £90
E 131 – 140 £115 £115 £110
F 141 – 150 £130 £130 £125
G 151 – 165 £165 £165 £155
H 166 – 175 £190 £265 £180
I 176 – 185 £210 £315 £200
J 186 – 200 £245 £445 £235
K* 201 – 225 £260 £580 £245
L 226 – 255 £445 £790 £425
M over 255 £460 £1000 £435
* Includes cars emitting over 225g/km and first registered between 1 March 2001 and 23 March 2006

Hot Hatches And Car Tax

OK, so seeing as Driving Spirit is all about hot hatches lets look at some examples with a variety of engine sizes.

Model Engine C02 g/km VED Band First Year Rate Standard Rate
Ford Focus ST 2.5 Turbo 224 K n/a £260
Suzuki Swift Sport 1.6 165 G £165 £165
Volkswagen Golf GTI V 2.0 Turbo 189 J n/a £245
Volkswagen Golf GTI VI 2.0 Turbo 170 H £265 £190
Vauxhall Corsa VXR 1.6 Turbo 172 H £265 £190

What these examples clearly show is that hot hatches are not going to qualify for a free tax disc any time soon. However, notice how the Golf GTI Mk6 has dropped two bands over its predecessor, and that it now costs the same as the Corsa VXR, despite the Corsa only having a 1.6-litre engine. This shows how manufacturers are making engines more efficient, or at the very least they’re making them better at passing the EU emissions tests (which are nowhere near real-world driving). Notice too how the thirsty 2.5-litre engine in the outgoing Focus ST hits owners hard.

Cars Registered Before March 2001

In March 2001 the VED system switched to the banding based on CO2 emissions. Prior to that a lot of cars hadn’t been rated for emissions, so a simple system was introduced based on engine size.

Engine Capacity 2010/2011 Tax Rate
1,549cc or less £125 per year
Over 1,549cc £205 per year

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Author: Chris Auty

Voted the Breakthrough Blogger of 2013 by SEAT and the Guild of Motoring Writers , Chris has lived and breathed cars since he was old enough to say 'faster'. With a penchant for hot hatches and an allergy to public transport, he would much prefer to drive a bad car than never drive at all. Fortunately his family has learned to put up with this obsession and the internet has provided a channel for his ramblings.

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