DRIVERS have been warned about driving changes and rules coming in 2023 that could cost them money.
The changes include fuel tax adjustments, ULEZ extensions and electric car taxation and will affect thousands of UK drivers.
1. License plates
New license plates change twice a year.
For newly manufactured cars, license plates change on the first day of March and September.
From March 2023 you can register a new car under the number plate “23”.
In September, new cars are registered under the number plate “73”.
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2. Benefit in kind
Benefits in kind (BIK) are also referred to as company car tax when driving a car.
It’s what you pay for being able to use a company car on top of your annual salary.
Your BIK payment is determined by a car’s CO2 emissions and today a petrol car with emissions of 100g/km attracts 25% BIK
Compared to 13% in 2013, so steadily rising.
The government said tariffs would not change until April 2025 to encourage employees to opt for electric cars.
3. Scrapping Policy
London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced £110million in funding to help vulnerable drivers affected by the 2023 ULEZ expansion.
The scheme starts on 30 January 2023 and is open to Londoners receiving benefits or small businesses and charities registered in London.
4. Electric car VED
Electric car owners will continue to pay nothing in VED for the next two years until April 2025.
Diesel and petrol car owners will continue to pay the minimum flat rate of £165.
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5. Fuel Tax Rates
Fuel tax rates were reduced by 5p in March 2022 to ease rising fuel prices and the cost of living.
However, this ends on March 23, 2023 when interest rates return to normal.
In fact, the Office of Budgetary Responsibility (OBR) has forecast that fuel taxes could even go up.
We won’t find out what happens until the chancellor’s spring budget in March 2023.
6. ULEZ extension
The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is a zone in London that costs you money if your car is deemed too polluting.
From August 29, 2023, the ULEZ will be expanded for the third time and will meet more drivers than ever.
It currently covers most of Central London but will soon be expanded to cover the whole of Greater London – essentially everything within the M25.
If your car is not new enough, you will have to pay a fee of £12.50 every time you drive through ULEZ.
Read our explanation on how to avoid the fines here.
7. Scottish Parking Bans
Back in 2019 it was announced that parking on pavements and lowered curbs would be banned in Scotland.
However, the pandemic delayed enforcement of the ban and it was announced that the ban would not come into effect until at least 2023.
There have since been suggestions that the ban would come into effect by December 2023, but Scots will have to wait to find out the exact start date.
8. Truck Allocation
A road tax is levied on heavy commercial vehicles (lorries) weighing more than 12 tons.
The payment was halted during the pandemic and was extended for another year in August 2022.
However, the levy will be reintroduced in August 2023, meaning more costs for UK hauliers.
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