Budget 2013: A PHer's Guide

In among the reams of information announced in the chancellor’s budget today, there were a few tidbits of good news for the money-conscious PHer.

Fuel duty frozen; VED on 1973 cars scrapped
Fuel duty frozen; VED on 1973 cars scrapped
The biggest news of all was that the 3p per litre fuel duty rise, which has been postponed for several years and was due to kick in this autumn, will now be cancelled altogether. To put that into context, 10,000 miles of average fuel consumption in a manual Porsche 911 Carrera S will cost £46 less than it would have done, assuming today’s average fuel prices. The Treasury also adds that prices today are 13p per litre cheaper than they would have been under previously-announced plans.

There was more good news for enthusiast motorists, too, with the announcement that the Government’s cut-off date for classic cars’ VED exemption will now be extended by one year, meaning cars produced in 1973, like the gorgeous Ferrari 365 GTB above, will now be tax exempt. There’s no word yet on whether this extension will continue to roll forward in future years, though.

One other significant change for motorists is that SORN declarations will no longer have to be renewed each year. From now on, all SORN applications will be open-ended, and as such will apply until the car’s tax is renewed. What’s more the grace period for failing to display a tax disc once purchased has been extended to 14 days.

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  • JaguarsportXJR 20 Mar 2013

    If that's all there is from the motorists point of view, it could have been worse.

  • Meths 20 Mar 2013

    That's quite good.

    Am I right in saying that, because of the fuel duty freeze, the amount of tax we pay on fuel is getting lower because of inflation?

    Edited by Meths on Wednesday 20th March 16:01

  • Krikkit 20 Mar 2013

    There are other minor changes to company car tax and the introduction of new tax bands for ultra-efficient vehicles, but that's not very PH.

  • MX7 20 Mar 2013

    I think the SORN is a definite improvement. I suspect that the annual renewal was more about revenue than anything else.

  • blongs 20 Mar 2013

    I read

    "Other transport taxes
    2.146 VED rates and bands
    – From 1 April 2013 VED rates will increase in line with RPI, apart
    from VED rates for heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) which will be frozen in 2013-14. (Finance Bill
    2013). The Government has no plans to make significant reforms to the structure of VED for
    cars and vans in this Parliament. (58)"

    I think this is about £5 per vehicle


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