Road tax rules will be changing on 1st April, 2017
These are designed to increase the amount of revenue the Treasury is generating from road tax. The reason is that the current rules reward low-emitting cars, and innovative manufacturers like Toyota have gone above and beyond to create low-emissions vehicles for their customers. Consequently, many new cars are paying little or no tax - a situation which the Treasury says is unsustainable.
The changes will only affect brand new cars registered on the 1st April, 2017 or after. If you already own a low-polluting Toyota vehicle, or are shopping for a used model registered before 1st April, 2017, you will not be affected and you will still enjoy low-tax motoring for the lifetime of the car.
If you buy a brand-new Toyota after 1st April 2017, you will be charged a one-off figure for road tax in the first year, and a flat rate of £140 a year after that. The price of the one-off charge depends on your chosen Toyota’s CO 2 tailpipe emissions.
The latest Prius emits 70g/km, meaning first-year road tax will be just £25. Under new rules, vehicles emitting less than 50g/km of CO 2 - such as the Prius Plug-in Hybrid - will pay just £10 road tax in the first year. For models emitting between 76g/km and 90g/km - such as the Yaris Hybrid and new CH-R Hybrid - the first-year charge will be £100. If registered before 1st April, 2017, all of these vehicles qualify for free road tax.
The only cars that will be exempt from tax under the new rules are those with zero CO 2 tailpipe emissions: essentially, pure electric vehicles and hydrogen cell-powered cars. Toyota does not currently offer a 100% electric vehicle for sale in the UK, but has recently launched the new Mirai saloon - a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle with zero tailpipe emissions.
However, it’s worth noting that the Mirai is priced at £66,000, meaning it will be subject to an additional, annual £310 ‘Premium’ supplement from year two to year five.
This surcharge is applied to all brand-new cars valued at over £40,000, including zero-emissions models. If you opt for any Toyota model and the price (including any factory-fitted options) is more than £40,000, you will be liable to pay the supplement. Any discounts we give you won’t be taken into account, either.
If you want to enjoy the lower road tax rates that apply to today’s cars, buy and register your brand-new Toyota before 1st April, 2017. Alternatively, browse our range of pre-owned, ex-demonstrator and nearly new models online now and contact us to arrange a test drive.