Tax disc rate is lat­est move to­wards lower emis­sion cars

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

NOW for some rev­enue for the gov­ern­ment, un­der the green flag of steer­ing buy­ers to­wards lower emis­sion mod­els.

On Thurs­day, sales of new cars at­tracted a new “first year” rate of ex­cise duty (aka the tax disc pay­ment).

Cars emit­ting less than 130g/km CO2 will be ex­empt from VED charges for the first year with rates be­tween £110 for cars emit­ting 131-140g/km CO2 to £950 for cars emit­ting more than 255g/km CO2.

Mo­torists will pay the first year rate of VED when buy­ing their car, re­vert­ing to the new (higher) stan­dard rate for ev­ery sub­se­quent year.

An­other gong for Jaguar Land Rover. Not long af­ter its In­dian own­ers Tata went on the search for fund­ing, the Mid­lands car­maker has been named In­ter­na­tional Asian Busi­ness of the Year for its growth in world mar­kets.

Lon­don’s hire bike scheme be­gins on July 30. Rid­ers get one of the 6,000 hire cy­cles at around 400 lo­ca­tions across the nine Lon­don bor­oughs and sev­eral Royal Parks that make up Lon­don’s “zone one” travel area.

The scheme is ex­pected to gen­er­ate up to 40,000 ex­tra cy­cle jour­neys a day in cen­tral Lon­don. You pay £1 for 24 hour ac­cess, £5 for sevn-day ac­cess, £45 an­nu­ally. Sam­ple hire rates are then £4 for 90 min­utes. There are penal­ties for late re­turn, dam­age etc.

It will be con­tro­ver­sial but War­ranty Di­rect says the (pre­vi­ous model) Vaux­hall As­tra is the most re­li­able fleet car more than three years old. Its in­ci­dent rate was 11 per cent, with BMW’s 3-se­ries on 13pc and the Ford Fi­esta on 19pc.

Well off the pace, at tenth, was the Vaux­hall Vec­tra with 43pc prob­lems while the Corsa was the most ex­pen­sive in bills be­cause of re­cur­ring en­gine and elec­tri­cal prob­lems, says War­ranty Di­rect.

BMW just pipped Ford to be the most re­li­able brand.

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