Reform of vehicle excise duty
A package of measures reforming Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) was announced in the UK's Budget on 9 March 1999.
A reduced rate of Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) of £100 for cars with engines up to 1,100 cc will be introduced from 1 June 1999. The VED rate for all private and light goods vehicles will be increased by £5 to 2155 from 10 March 1999.
From Autumn 2000, a system of VED for new cars, based on emissions of carbon dioxide, will be introduced.
The Budget also included:
a freeze in most lorry VED rates for the second year running
a doubling to £1,000 of the maximum VED discount for low emission lorries and buses
a simplification of plating procedures, a long-standing haulage industry request
fuel duty incentives for cleaner fuel
a 55% reduction in the VED rate for some vehicles engaged in combined road-rail transport
higher rates of VED for recently-introduced classes of lorry, to discourage the use of vehicles with heavier, 11.5-tonne, axle weights.