From 1st April 2020, a more accurate way of testing vehicle CO2 emissions will be introduced for all new vehicles.
The Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP) is a new industry-wide testing process for determining a vehicle's official fuel consumption, range and CO2 emissions. The previous testing procedure known as NEDC, was developed in the 1990s and is now outdated.
How could this affect my Road Tax?
The new WLTP testing procedure has been designed to better reflect real driving conditions, to give a more accurate view of vehicle's CO2 emissions and fuel economy. This change takes effect from 1st April for VED (Vehicle Excise Duty or Road Tax) and 6th April for Benefit in Kind on Company Car Tax. Because the WLTP test is more stringent, the results are more realistic and this could mean an increase in road tax for your new car.
But the good news is if you purchase a new Lexus before 1st April 2020, you can outmanoeuvre the road tax increase of up to £600 on certain models.
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