The tax class that your car belongs to is one of the factors that determine the annual amount of car tax due on your vehicle. Through this article, we will learn whether you can change the tax class of your newly bought car if it was classified under the disabled tax rate at the time of purchase. We will also explore the concessions extended to disabled drivers by the DVLA as well as the modes of payment for car tax. 

Can I Change The Tax Class If I Have Bought A Car With Disabled Tax?

Yes, you can change the tax class of your car if it came with a Disabled Tax classification when you made the purchase but it is no longer applicable now. For this purpose, you will have to visit a local post office that deals with car taxes and apply for a change of tax class for your vehicle by filling out and submitting form V70.

You will need to send the following documents along with your application for change in tax class:

  • the V5C vehicle registration certificate or vehicle logbook
  • either a cheque or a postal order that is payable to DVLA (this is for any extra vehicle tax you have to pay due to change in tax class)
  • a valid MOT certificate 

Once changes have been made at the DVLA, you will receive a confirmation from them along with an updated car logbook. You can continue driving your car while your application is in process.

On the other hand, if you wish to have your tax classed in the Disabled Tax category, and you need to apply for a Disabled Tax for the first time, you will need to carry the following list of documents to the post office with you as apply for a change of tax class:

  • Completed application for a Vehicle Registration Certificate (V62)
  • Vehicle Registration Certificate (V5C logbook) or the V5C/2 (nominated driver details)
  • Certificate of Entitlement to DLA, PIP, AFIP or WPMS

How Can I Apply For Disabled Tax?

If you qualify for Disabled Tax, you will need to apply for it through a post office that deals with car taxes.

You may be eligible for a disabled car tax if you receive any of the following benefits:

  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • The higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance
  • The enhanced rate mobility component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • War Pensioners’ Mobility Supplement

Individuals who qualify for a Disabled Tax for themselves or a nominated driver and are seeking to apply for the first time will need to apply through a post office; while future modifications to their status such as exemptions and reductions can be applied for online.

Individuals who qualify for Disabled Tax for their vehicle may also qualify for a Blue Badge, Road Tax exemption and Toll concessions as well. 

What Are Blue Badge Concessions For Disabled Drivers?

Blue Badge concessions are given to drivers with certain medical conditions in the UK, enabling them to park closer to their destinations.

If you qualify for a Blue Badge, you may be able to park for free in the following locations:

  • Unlimited parking on streets with parking meters or pay-and-display machines 
  • Unlimited parking (unless a time limit is displayed on a sign) in disabled parking bays on streets
  • Parking for up to three hours on single or double yellow lines (unless there’s a ‘no loading’ sign)

Can Disabled Drivers Get Road Tax Exemption?

Yes, disabled drivers qualify for a Road Tax exemption. To be eligible, the vehicle must essentially be registered in the name of the disabled person or their designated driver. Additionally, it can only be used for the personal needs of the disabled person and not for those of the designated driver. 

You can apply for a Road Tax exemption at the same time that you apply for Disabled Car Tax at the post office as You will need the same documents along with your application. 

If you don’t qualify for a Road Tax exemption but you receive the standard rate mobility component for Personal Independence Payments (PIP), you may be able to apply for a 50 per cent reduction on your Vehicle Tax.

How Is Car Tax Paid?

If you have purchased a new car, your car tax is included along with the price of your car and any registration fee that is levied during the purchase. In the case of a second-hand car, if the dealer does not arrange a logbook transfer to your name, you can do the same by contacting the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) on their website. 

To pay your car tax online from the post office, you will need the following documents;

  • Your V11 letter
  • An MOT test certificate
  • The amount of payment mentioned in the V11 letter

If you have misplaced your V11 letter or your V5C, your car tax can still be renewed through the local post office. At this time, you should also apply for a new Registration Certificate using a V62 application form A for £25.

Payments can be made in any of the following ways:

  • Debit/credit card
  • Direct Debit
  • Cash
  • Cheque
  • Postal Order

Can Car Tax Be Paid Without A Logbook?

Yes, you may be able to pay your car tax without a V5; your car logbook if the vehicle is registered in your name. If you have received a V11 reminder notice which states the vehicle owner’s name and the amount of car tax due for the next tax term, you can use it as proof of identification. If it is a new vehicle you will need a V5C/2 Green slip that is issued to new car owners while the ownership of their vehicle is transferred from the previous owner. However, if the car is not registered in your name, neither can you pay car tax, nor drive it on public roads.

Payments can be made through local post offices registered for car tax. You may use a debit card, credit card or direct debit facility to make your car tax payment(s).

However, in the absence of a V5, your car will be declared as SORN; Statutory Off-Road Notification until the new logbook arrives which can take up to a few weeks’ time. 

Who Is Exempted From Paying Road Tax?

Anyone with a roadworthy vehicle in the UK is required to pay Road Tax (also referred to as car tax, vehicle tax or road fund license), as this is a mandatory, annual payment enforced by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency. However, the following vehicles are exempt from Road Tax:

  • Cars used by a disabled person
  • Disabled passenger vehicles
  • Electric vehicles
  • Historic vehicles
  • Mobility scooters and powered wheelchairs
  • Mowing machines
  • Steam vehicles
  • Vehicles used for agriculture, horticulture and forestry

What Tax Class Is My Car?

Depending on their construction and the purpose for which vehicles are used, tax classes are classified as per the below list by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA):

  • Private/Light Goods
  • Petrol Car
  • Diesel Car
  • Alternative Fuel Car
  • Light Goods Vehicle
  • Euro 4 Light Goods Vehicle
  • Euro 5 Light Goods Vehicle
  • Heavy Goods Vehicle
  • Private/Heavy Goods Vehicle
  • Special Types
  • Haulage Vehicles
  • Buse
  • Motorcycle
  • Small Island Vehicles
  • Rescue Vehicle
  • Special Concessionary
  • Emergency Vehicle
  • Exempt Vehicle

In the case of private vehicles, the car tax due upon them depends on (a) their engine type which determines the type of fuel the vehicle consumes and (b) the co2 emissions (these are calculated separately for the first year of registration and then for subsequent years).

What Is The Amount Of Tax Due On My Car?

Your first tax payment for the next 12 months after registering your vehicle can be classified as per the below table:

CO2 Emissions (g/km)Diesel Cars (TC49)Petrol Cars (TC48)(GBP)All Other Diesel Cars(GBP)Alternative Fuel Cars (TC59)(GBP)
0000
1-5010250
51-752511515
76-90115140105
91-100140160130
101-110160180150
111-130180220170
131-150220555210
151-170555895545
171-1908951,345885
191-2251,3451,9101,335
226-2551,9102.2451,900
Over 2552,2452.2452,235

From the second year onwards, your car tax payments will be classified as follows:

Fuel typeSingle 12 month paymentSingle 12 month payment by Direct DebitTotal of 12 monthly payments by Direct DebitSingle 6 month paymentSingle 6 month payment by Direct Debit
Petrol or Diesel£155£155£162.75£85.25£81.38
Electric£0N/AN/AN/AN/A
Alternative£145£145£152.25£79.75£76.13

Alternative fuel vehicles include hybrids, bioethanol and liquid petroleum gas.

If your vehicle has a list price above £40,000, you will have to pay an additional £335 annually for a period of years, starting from the second year of the vehicle’s registration. If your vehicle is a zero-emission one, you will not have to pay this amount.

Conclusion:

From this discussion, it has become apparent that you can change the tax class of your car by taking relevant documents to the nearest post office that deals with car tax and applying for tax class change. Similarly, if someone is eligible for the disabled tax to be applied to their vehicle, they can apply for the same through the post office. 

FAQs: Can I Change The Tax Class If I Have Bought A Car With Disabled Tax?

What happens to car tax when you change cars?

Car tax cannot be carried over. This means that the buyer and seller will need to pay car tax for a full month each time a car is transferred through a change in ownership.

How many vehicles can a customer use their disability tax exemption against?

One vehicle per individual can be used for disability tax exemption. Additionally, the vehicle must be registered in the name of the disabled person or their designated driver. Also, it can only be used for the personal needs of the disabled person and not for those of the designated driver.

Can a Blue Badge holder get free road tax?

Yes, most Blue Badge holders get free tax as well. Once you apply for an exemption, you will also be refunded for the months that you were eligible for the benefit but did not receive it.

Can a car be classed as a goods vehicle?

A vehicle with a design weight of more than 3,500 kg and one that is suited for the conveyance of goods can be classed as a goods vehicle.

Who can drive a car with a disabled tax?

A vehicle driven disabled tax status must be registered in the name of the disabled person or their designated driver and it can be driven by either of them. However, it can only be used for the personal needs of the disabled person and not for those of the designated driver.

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How to apply for free disabled tax (INS216) – GOV.UK

How to change your car tax class as a disabled driver | Adrian Flux.

Change your vehicle’s tax class – GOV.UK

Change your vehicle’s tax class: Tax is due to run out or change if the vehicle is exempt – GOV.UK

Change Vehicle Tax Class at Post Office or DVLA (V62 and V70)

Get free vehicle tax if you’re a driver with a disability – GOV.UK

Tax your vehicle

How to tax a car without V5 | Express.co.uk

Notes about tax classes

Change your vehicle’s tax class – GOV.UK

Car tax bands explained | MoneyHelper

Change your vehicle’s tax class: Tax is due to run out or vehicle purpose or design has changed – GOV.UK

Vehicles exempt from vehicle tax – GOV.UK

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John has 22 years of experience in financial services. This spans across financial research, financial services (As a qualified mortgage broker and underwriter), financial trading and sales at global investment banks. While working as a publishing research analyst, he covered European bank credit and advised institutional clients on investment strategies at both JP Morgan and Societe Generale. John has passed all three levels of the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) programme.

John has 22 years of experience in financial services. This spans across financial research, financial services (As a qualified mortgage broker and underwriter), financial trading and sales at global investment banks. While working as a publishing research analyst, he covered European bank credit and advised institutional clients on investment strategies at both JP Morgan and Societe Generale. John has passed all three levels of the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) programme.