Frequently Asked Questions Honest John — Volkswagen California

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CAMPER TAX: How does the new CO2 graduated VED from March apply to campers and motorhomes.

Excise Duty (VED or Tax) as it applies to motorhomes

It to our attention that there was an in the classification for road tax purposes of new motorhomes since the introduction of Vehicle Excise Duty in (where the duty paid is to the amount of CO2 produced).

A particular highlighted was the VW California, based on the T5, was being classified as a diesel meaning that (for models) the road tax payable the 2008 budget would be Other similar motorhomes being classified as PLG, an annual road tax charge of This did not seem to be equitable, so we put a of questions to the DVLA.

See below for the from one California owner on his in getting his vehicle re-classified, with advice on how to do it.

This is a of DVLA responses to a our questions


All vehicle licensing and is governed by the Vehicle Excise and Act 1994 (VERA). Classification for purposes depends on the construction of a and its use on the public road.

Vehicle excise duty rates for cars and light are based on European type standards and the date of first in the UK. European type approval is the that new types of vehicles undergo to ensure they to European safety and environmental

Motor caravans are exempt type approval requirements April 2012) and would normally be licensed in one of the following classes. These classes apply to all motor caravans registered before 1st March

Private/Light Goods (TC11): if the has a revenue weight (GVW) of not than 3,500kg. This be the appropriate tax class regardless of its

Private/Heavy Goods Vehicle if the vehicle has a revenue weight 3,500kg and the vehicle is not used for the of goods or burden, for hire or or in connection with a trade, or profession.

These taxation also apply to motor first registered on or after 1 2001, even if they been Type Approved the European Community Whole Type Approval system 1]. (Note that this is not the for most other Type vehicles, which will into the Graduated VED classes and the VED is dependent on the level of CO2 emmissions)

It is possible that a vehicle may been registered before its to a motor caravan. In that it is likely (if registered on or after 1st 2001 and the revenue weight is or less) to have been approved in the N1 class (light vehicle) or possibly in the M1 (Special category. In such cases the class will be Light vehicle (TC39) or Diesel Car Car (TC48) respectively

Once a has been first registered and according to its type approval as N1 or M1, its status for the purposes of paying VED the tax class shown on the V5C) not change, irrespective of any alteration may be made to it following its first [Note 2].

It is possible for vehicles in tax classes, following a change of type to motorcaravan, to relicense in a suitable tax class.


A situation may apply if a goods was registered, before its conversion to a caravan, between 1 March and 31 December 2006 on the basis of a approval certificate which it as having been type as a Light Goods Vehicle meets Euro 4 environmental In that case it would be in the Euro 4 LGV taxation class Once a vehicle has been registered and licensed in this class, its status for the purposes of VED (i.e. the tax class shown on the will not change, irrespective of any that may be made to it following its registration.

The current rates of duty for all classes are given in the DVLA V149, available for download as a pdf

We are greatly indebted to the of the DVLA for their time and in answering all our questions.

Note 1

Type Approved motor have been incorrectly into the Graduated VED category, that, if they are in Band F or G, too road tax is being paid. Any whose motorhomes are taxed in the VED category at Band F or G (i.e. road tax of £210 or £400 per — from 13th 2008) may wish to consider to the DVLA for re-classification. See below for of how to do it.

Of course, any motorhome placed in the emissions bands A to E, or the Euro4 LGV or LGV classes would be paying road tax if reclassified as PLG.

Note 2

In cases where details were provided at registration, for example when a N1 vehicle was converted to a motor before registration and the converter the details from the N1 Certificate of for the purposes of registration, the DVLA is to change tax classes if sufficient is provided to warrant the change. case will be judged on its

Volkswagen California

VW California gets re-classified!

I successfully got my VW California reclassified on my document from ‘diesel to PLG.

The girl behind the at the DVLA office here in read through my print-out of advice and then went off to see her Five minutes later it was all — Swansea will me out a new reg document. and a £25 rebate.

A few hundred down the road is Carrs Van one of the country’s main VW California The sales manager was impressed and with my success and was keen to your DVLA information. He they would likely do a shot to all their California — which will be news to those who bought

a few years back and have complained they never they would be having to up £400 vehicle duty.

How to do it

The of the VW California is quite clear-cut. cases may require you to provide that the date of first was after the date of conversion of the vehicle into a motor

What you need to do is pay a visit to local DVLA office here for a list of local and explain that your caravan has been mis-classified in the VED category and you want it changed to They should be aware of of Californias, but if not you should ask them to to their Policy Unit. For makes they may ask for proof of the of conversion.

This is an extract what the Policy Unit told us:

To clarify what we on in the past, motorcaravans that not been type approved fall to be licensed in PLG or Private HGV on their weight.

The area was causing the confusion was whether M1 Purpose motorcaravans could in the Grad VED taxation class. the information I’ve been DVLA would not currently to see such motorcaravans in the Grad VED Certainly, if an application to register a vehicle was presented at a DVLA Office, I would expect it to be and the vehicle licensed in the appropriate tax

Although vehicles such as the California are being type-approved in the M1 Purpose category, at the moment, should not be sufficient for the vehicle to the Grad VED tax class. Therefore, as you I can confirm that all vehicles the body type ‘motor whether type approved or should be placed within the PLG or the PHGV taxation class.

By all take a copy of this with you to show your office.

And don’t forget to let us how you get on!

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