VED Bands 2013/2014

So it turns out that the 2013 budget wasn’t so painful for car owners after all. Nothing major on the cards, just the usual shuffling of the Vehicle Excise Duty rates (otherwise known as car tax or road tax) and an announcement about fuel duty that had already been leaked to the press.

VED Band Rates For 2013/14

The structure of the VED bands remains the same. Some boffins in a laboratory rate your car for its carbon dioxide emissions and that rating decides which band it fits into in the table below.

The rates are largely unchanged, the increase being tied to inflation and the Retail Price Index (RPI). Coincidentally, every increase is in multiples of £5 or £10 .

It’s only at the top end that the rates get particularly painful, especially for new buyers in the first year, but the thinking goes that if you can afford to buy and run a car that emits so much CO2 then you’ll barely notice the sting when you pay for your tax disc.

VED BandCO2 Emissions (g/km)2012/13 Standard Rate2012/13 First Year Rate2013/14 Standard Rate2013/14 First Year Rate
AUp to 100£0£0£0£0
B101 - 110£20£0£20£0
C111 - 120£30£0£30£0
D121 - 130£100£0£105£0
E131 - 140£120£120£125£115
F141 - 150£135£135£140£130
G151 - 165£170£170£175£165
H166 - 175£195£275£200£265
I176 - 185£215£325£220£315
J186 - 200£250£460£260£445
K201 - 225£270£600£280£580
L226 - 255£460£815£475£790
Mover 255£475£1030£490£1065

Cars Registered Before March 2001

The rules are still the same for older cars that were registered before the current CO2-based system was introduced in March 2001. The amount you pay is decided by the size of your buy valium overnight engine – 1,549cc and under or 1,550cc and over.

Engine Capacity2012/2013 Tax Rate2013/2014 Tax Rate
1,549cc or less£135 per year£140 per year
Over 1,549cc£215 per year£220 per year

So yes, you can still tax a twelve year-old supercar for less than half of what it costs for its cleaner, modern equivalent.

Fuel Duty For 2013/14

The fuel duty change concerns the increase that is supposed to come into effect every year, dubbed the Fuel Duty Escalator, that raises fuel duty in line with inflation plus another penny per litre. With the economy just about clinging on for dear life the powers-that-be in Number 11 have repeatedly postponed this increase. A 1.89 pence/litre rise in duty was due to come into effect in September 2013.

George Osborne has finally seen sense and cancelled the increase completely rather than push it back yet again. Of course, don’t go thinking that the Fuel Duty Escalator is gone for good. It’s still lurking out there and will undoubtedly make a repeat visit next year.

This means that fuel duty rates are held at 57.95 pence for a litre of either unleaded or diesel. If you’re running your car on LPG then you’ll be paying 31.61 pence for each kilogram.


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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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