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Historic Road Tax at 40 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 April 2014 15:56

Historic Road Tax at 40  Buried deep within the budget announcement in March, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne revealed that the Historic Vehicle class of road tax – which does not attract any fee – will once more become a rolling exemption from payment, with 40 years being the age at which cars will qualify for the new deal. The nil-rated Historic Vehicle class was first introduced in 1994, at which point it was applied to vehicles that were 25 years old. That brought more cars into the class each year, until the rolling nature was frozen in 1997 and from then on the cut-off date became fixed at cars manufactured prior to 1 January 1973.

This freeze resulted in a system where one car built at the end of December 1972 was exempt from paying road tax, while an identical car built just a week later was not. This situation has been widely unpopular within the classic car movement as a whole, with many feeling that values and hence survival rates of more staple automotive fare from the 1970s suffered as a result.

Last year, Osborne surprised many by extending the cut-off date by just one year, from cars built on or before 31 December 1972 to those built on or before 31 December 1973. Many thought this was a natural first step in the reintroduction of a rolling date, but a government spokesperson said at the time that there were no plans to re-introduce a rolling system and that the dates governing exemption from paying Vehicle Excise Duty would be set by the Chancellor annually.