9 huge changes are set to take place this April that can affect most drivers in the UK.
Car tax is rising from the 1st of April. What you will need to pay depends on how much CO2 emissions your car pumps out.
If your car was registered on or after the 1st of April 2017, you will have to pay the following for the first 12 months:
You won’t have to pay anything if your car emits no CO2.
- £10 if your car emits 1-50 grams per kilometre of CO2 (the same tax rate as last year).
- £25 if your car emits 51-75 grams per kilometre of CO2 (the same tax rate as last year.
- £115 if your car emits 76-90 grams per kilometre of CO2 (£5 extra than last year).
- £140 if your car emits 91-100 grams per kilometre of CO2 (£5 extra than last year).
To make UK roads more eco-friendly, purchase tax will be introduced targeting petrol and diesel car owners. The aim of this tax is to make eco-friendly vehicles more affordable.
Cars that emit more than 225g of CO2 per kilometre will be required to pay a 50% purchase tax from this year. These changes haven’t been confirmed.
Local clean air zone charges
This year, a number of cities will start to charge drivers commuting in and around the area to decrease the number of journeys, to lower pollution levels.
Motorists in several outer London boroughs, Bath and Birmingham face an extra daily charge of between £8 and £100.
Birmingham’s scheme will charge drivers of the most polluting cars up to £8 per day, and £50 for HGVs (trucks and lorries), coaches and buses.
You can check exactly how much you’ll be paying using the gov.uk’s clean air zone charge checker here: https://www.gov.uk/calculate-vehicle-tax-rates.
Driving lessons and tests
Driving lessons will be resuming again from the 12th of April, with the practical driving tests returning from the 22nd of April.
SmartLearner Driving School are currently taking pre bookings for lessons, you can call 0800 118 2001 to speak to our office staff and book your lessons in time for April.
Mobile phone ban
This year stricter rules for the use of mobile phones whilst driving will be brought into place.
Drivers will face fines of £200 and six penalty points on their licence for holding their mobile phone while driving – for any reason.
The new complete ban closes a loophole which allowed drivers to take photos or videos while driving without being penalised.
Driverless cars may come with technology that helps them to drive by themselves, by detecting traffic changes and lane markings from Spring this year.
Last year the government looked at whether it would be safe to use the technology on cars driving at speeds of 70mph.
‘Benefit in kind’
Benefit in kind rates may be reintroduced this year after they were drawn out in 2020. From April drivers may need to pay up to £390 per year to use their vehicles.
Initially, there will be a 1% charge, based on income and vehicle value, but it is likely to rise to 2% in 2022.
Fuel duty freeze
Fuel duty will be frozen for the new tax year. This is a tax on fuel which is currently £57.95p per litre of any type of fuel.
Pavement parking ban
Currently there is a parking on pavements ban in London which may be introduced to the rest of the UK. If you break this ban you could receive a £70 fine.