Free Road Tax, Anyone?
Amazingly, some motorists like cars that are eligible for free road tax.
Amazingly, some motorists like cars that are eligible for free road tax. Why? Paying a fortune to the government is – surely – one of life's greatest pleasures. Either way, those who want to avoid this expense need the right vehicle. Cars registered from March 1st 2001 are taxed at various rates according to their carbon emissions. Low polluting cars can be taxed for free, whereas the charge for the least environmentally efficient vehicles is a bank-busting £460. The magic figure, for free road tax, is emissions of 100g/km or less. There are lots of 'proper' cars that meet this condition; so need to buy an old bicycle.Our first contender is the capable Ford Fiesta Edge Econetic 1.6 TDCi DPF. Its emissions are 95g/km, it averages 78.5mpg, and could be yours for only £14,095. Very nice too - especially as the Fiesta has composed handling, plenty of toys, and stylish looks. The same can be said for the £14,995 Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion 1.2 TDI 3dr. This is even kinder to the environment. It averages 80.7mpg and its emissions are 91g/km. These cars have decent performance too, so their 0-62 times are 12.9 and 13.9 seconds respectively. Other vehicles that can be taxed for free include the: Citroen C3 1.4 HDi 16v VT, the fashionable Fiat 500 0.9 TwinAir Pop, the robustly constructed Nissan Micra 1.2 DIG-S Visia, and the distinctive Kia Picanto 1.25 Halo EcoDynamics. It is worth benefiting from these cars now while the current road tax system is in effect. After all, one day soon every new car will sit in the 100g/km category. The Government's tax revenue will fall, so the charging criteria will probably change. Perhaps tax on radio station pre-sets is inevitable.