Almost 1.4 million new cars registered in Great Britain in 2013 paid nothing in Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) in their first year on the road.
This is almost two-thirds (63%) of the total of 2.2 million new cars registered.
The cars were exempt from VED because they emitted less than 131gCO2/km and fell into VED bands A-D.
In the first year on the road any vehicle that meets this target is zero rated for VED.
Things change from year two onwards when only those vehicles emitting less than 101gCO2/km (Band A) are completely exempt from VED.
However this still means that – assuming the rules stay the same – 324,000 cars bought last year will never be liable for VED.
This is a table of the VED bands and registration figures for each band for 2013.
|VED Band||CO2 Emissions||Cars registered in 2013|
|A||Up to 100g/km||324,000|