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Road Tax Charge (UK)

Mon Mar 22, 2021 5:19 am

Recently bought i3 ReX 67 plate. Fuming to be told after the completed sale, Annual Road Tax is £120.
Just really don't understand. Any suggestions as to why this might be? If that can be changed?
Friends have full petrol cars and pay either nothing or £20 a year!
Many thanks

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Re: Road Tax Charge (UK)

Mon Mar 22, 2021 6:27 am

My guess is that taxes on petrol pay for road maintenance. Since your car doesn't use petrol, they have to get the taxes out of you a different way.

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Re: Road Tax Charge (UK)

Tue Apr 06, 2021 11:58 am

I have a January 2017 I3 REX which I pay £0.00 road tax. If you have an I3 registered after April 2017 I believe you have to pay annual road tax which I think is £135.00....... sorry for the bad news..... seems a bit harsh!

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Re: Road Tax Charge (UK)

Thu Apr 08, 2021 3:05 pm

May depend upon the juristicion - has something changed in April 2017?
I'm in NZ and EVs currently have temporary exemption from Road User Charges - which apply to "non petrol powered vehicles" at the rate of 7c per km travelled.

The i3 REX does use petrol, its a PHEV. I imagine if full road tax were to be applied to PHEV, there would be inequity.

For example, Mitubishi Outlander PHEV might do 200km in a day of which only 35km can be sourced from external electricity.
The i3 PHEV forcibly runs a 10km mtce cycle every 60 days on petrol also the earlier models would be using petrol for more than half a 200km journey.

Petrol is taxed something like 70c a litre and other fuels - Diesel, kerosine and electricity are not, but vehicles pay the road tax. Petrol PHEV should not be paying both.

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Re: Road Tax Charge (UK)

Mon Apr 12, 2021 5:11 pm

As more and more EVs hit the roads, paying for the highway infrastructure based on fuel taxes will become way lopsided. Expect everyone to eventually end up paying a per distance tax and the fuel taxes at the pump may go away. The administration of that could be messy, but I think it will happen, maybe sooner rather than later in some markets.
Jim DeBruycker
2014 i3 BEV, 2021 X5 45e
(The i3 will be sold soon, <17K-miles, interested?)

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Re: Road Tax Charge (UK)

Wed Nov 24, 2021 4:02 pm

Yes this suggests how the government just dishes out road taxes randomly willie nillie without any basis whatsoever, or knowing exactly what they are doing to treat motorists with some respect. They need the money, so they just sit down and seemingly might as well toss a coin. I have friends who also pay £0 or £20 also on full petrol cars. Its something to do with the date I think, with this fancy new system.
Cars registered from 1st April 2017 are penalised.
REX registered before that date pays £0..
Registered after that it should be £145 pa.
And if list price was over £40k, the first years tax is £145 (being kind) .
the 2nd - 5th year will be £480 pa.
The logic is, these people look like they have money. let's milk them .

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Re: Road Tax Charge (UK)

Wed Nov 24, 2021 4:10 pm

Although Rex registered before 1Apr2017 still pays £0, and it used to enjoy free london congestion. from Oct 2021 this privilege no longer applies.
and soon enough the £0 tax ( to be reviewed annually) will become £145 or the equivalent going rate. because they class rex as hybrid . which it strictly is not. depends on who defines hybrid.
And yes in time the £0 for pure EVs will be taxed also, as more EVs hit the road, just silly to miss the tax revenue otherwise..

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Re: Road Tax Charge (UK)

Wed Nov 24, 2021 4:14 pm

And not forgetting, that someone has to pay for all the nice extra wide big bicycle lanes to finance cyclists who don't need to pay a penny.

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