The Budget 2015- is pleased Electric & Hydrogen cars remain road tax fee exempt

Following the announcement of the Budget 2015, looks at the effects of the road tax bandings that take effect from April 2017, on the eco car market.
NORWICH, U.K. - July 10, 2015 - PRLog -- The budget 2015 car tax bandings have now been announced and the winners are hydrogen and electric cars (, as owners of these vehicles will still not have to pay any car road tax fees. This comes from the Chancellor’s (George Osborne) new budget that has just been set to take effect from April 2017.

The losers are all the other 95% of vehicle owners, who will see a big hike in the cost of road tax. This will also include lower CO2 emission vehicles that were previously exempt from road tax fees. For example the Toyota Prius hybrid, a previously free to road tax vehicle. Owners will now pay on a sliding scale in the first year £100, then in year two £140 thereafter up to £240 per year.

This is a big hike for the greener motorists out there; Raymond Saunders from ( said “The government has had to make big changes to encourage the take up of lower emission vehicles; however this has meant that early adopters of eco-friendly cars such as the Toyota Prius will now be peanalised”. The good news is that it still pays to be an eco-friendly motorist, as under plans from the Chancellor the gas guzzlers will be hit the most, with the road tax fee for some cars going from £1000 per year to a whopping £2000 per year.

Now for more bad news, Mr. Osborne has also basically said that the hard working middle classes out there, whom can afford a car over £40,000 will now have to pay an additional annual tax surcharge of £310 from the second to the sixth year of ownership. This will include all vehicles from gas guzzlers to more eco-friendly cars (

Now for the great news, under the new car road tax ( plans George Osborne has kept his commitment to the growing green market of electric and hydrogen cars. These will still be road tax exempt. So the likes of Tesla, BMW, Nissan, Renault, Mitsubishi, Peugeot, Toyota and Kia should see more of an up lift in their electric and hydrogen car sales ( in the UK.

Raymond Saunders said “It still pays to buy an eco-friendly low or zero emission vehicles. Although 95% of all cars will now pay a road tax fee, including some eco-friendly vehicles, you will still find massive savings through the fuel economy of these cars. Furthermore the emission benefits that come with owning one of these cars will help prevent pollution, which is the major cause of global warming. We at would always advise all motorists to turn to a lower CO2 vehicle. Furthermore if you commute less than 80 miles per day which is the average electric car range, then you should seriously consider a pure electric car, as you will surprised by the power, comfort and overall driving experience compared to that of an internal combustion engine vehicle”. With the 2015 Budget announced and the road tax fees set from 2017, we will now have to wait and see what impact this has on the automotive market and how these eco-friendly car sales will be affected.

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