How to Apply for a Vehicle Excise Duty Road Tax Exemption

January 27, 2012

When applying for vehicle excise duty, there are certain conditions that apply to the automobile and the owner. Some vehicles are excused from paying excise duty but there are stringent conditions attached to this, so do some research to see if you can apply.

Step 1 - Assess the Type of Vehicle

Under car tax exemption laws, some vehicles are already in an exempt category, such as electric operated, mobility scooters, powered wheelchairs or '0 emissions' vehicles. However, there are other ways to become road tax exempt.

Step 2 - If you are Disabled

If you are a disabled person, you may qualify for road tax exemption even if you are currently receiving certain benefits. It might be possible to tax your car in the 'disabled' class. In order to claim road tax exemption status, you must the be registered owner of the vehicle. It can also be registered in the name of someone you nominate to drive for you if you are unable to drive yourself. You will be required to apply for an exemption certificate from the agency that issues your current benefits. If you are currently a claimant, receiving the upper rate of Disability Living Allowance, contact the Unit and request exemption certificate DLA 404.

Step 3 - If you Drive Invalid Vehicles

If you drive an 'Invalid Carriage' you don't need an exemption certificate but you have to be the registered vehicle owner. The car has to weigh less than 509kg and be adapted for use by a disabled person, using a public road.

If you currently claim War Pensioners Mobility Supplement you may be able to claim excise duty exemption status. Telephone the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency and request an exemption certificate WPA 442.

Step 4 - Vintage Vehicles

If your automobile was built and registered before January 1, 1973, you can possibly qualify to have it placed in the Historic class, which covers vintage cars and vehicles. You will have to meet the right conditions.

Step 5 - If Your Vehicle is Electric

Electric cars, scooters and carts come under car tax exemption laws. The mode of transport must have an external source of power or run from a battery which is not charged while you are on the move.

Step 6 - Classes of Vehicle

Agricultural modes of transport are exceptions to the tax rule. Tractors and farm vehicles are not used on the road except when cutting trees or forestry, so they are not classed as domestic vehicles. There are different classes of rural or agricultural vehicle, which include weight restrictions and traveling distance.

Step 7 - Steam and Mowers

Lawn mowers and steam engines or anything in those two classes are also exempt. Steam is classed as 'propelled' by steam and not fuel, and lawn mowers are specifically designed to cut grass and not drive on a public road.

Step 8 - Application Process

You can apply for vehicle exemption if you believe your vehicle qualifies. Get in touch with the DVLA to find out how to apply. The process just requires filing the correct forms and the right manner of proof.

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